Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Mae West: "Stormy" LaMont

Sex” by MAE WEST is onstage at Hollywood’s Hudson Theatre until Sunday, 17 June 2018. Naturally, you want to see it and also learn what the West Coast critics thought. So here we go. This is Part 1.
• • Good when she’s bad: Bawdy bard Mae West’s ‘Sex’ appeals • •
• • LOS ANGELES — Ed Rampell wrote: Around 90 years before Stormy Daniels burst onto the scene, Mae West shook vaudeville, Broadway, Hollywood and then Las Vegas. Buzzworks Theater Company’s Sex is a buzz-worthy revival of West’s play. After Sex’s 1926 Broadway premiere, the comedy’s playwrightstar “was arrested, fined $500, and sentenced to ten days in prison,” according to Gregory D. Black, author of “Hollywood Censored,” which features a picture of West from her 1933 movie She Done Him Wrong on the book’s cover.
• • Ed Rampell wrote: A faux radio news bulletin about West’s bust (no pun intended—the actress was so well endowed she gave her name to life preserver jackets) cleverly opens this production. While the two-acter’s dialogue may have seemed cutting edge during the Roaring Twenties, to 21st-century ears used to a discourse continuously coarsened, from pop culture to the presidency, many of the lines today sound corny and campy.
• • Vernacular may be campy but Mae’s subject matter is edgy • •   . . .
• • This was Part 1. To be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: Stage Review of “Sex” written by Ed Rampell for People’s World; published on Wednesday, 16 May 2018.
• • On Wednesday, 6 June 1934 • •
• • Hollywood's harpy Joe Breen sent another memo (dated 6 June 1934) about changes that must be made to the upcoming Mae West film, which was still titled "It Ain't No Sin."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • If Mae West could survey today's screen scene, she might well recognise it as part of an empire she founded when she introduced man's sex as a comedy subject to the screen in the thirties with "She Done Him Wrong."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I always like to invest my money in something I can watch — — like diamonds or real estate."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A feature in Star Pulse mentioned Mae West.
• • Star Pulse asked: Who would you say was your greatest lover?
• • Mamie Van Doren responded:  Oh god, so many of them were good! Then, there were the bad ones. I talked about Burt Reynolds. He was the worst. But nobody cares about Burt Reynolds today. [She laughs.]  I had one guy, Steve Cochran, but no one probably knows him. He was Mae West’s lover. He was very good and I didn’t mind sharing a lover with Mae West. She had very good taste. I never experienced a lesbian encounter. ...
• • Source:  Interview: “Legendary Mamie Van Doren on 'Playing the Field'” written by Stephanie Nolasco for Star Pulse; posted on Monday, 3 June 2013
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,900 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3975th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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