• • 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 playwright—star “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 — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • in 1934 • •
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