Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mae West: Zinger Slinging

Sex” by MAE WEST is onstage at Hollywood’s Hudson Theatre until Sunday, 17 June 2018. Naturally, you want to see it and learn what the West Coast critics thought. So here we go. This is Part 6.
• • Good when she’s bad: Bawdy bard Mae West’s ‘Sex’ appeals • •
• • Mae took Tinseltown by storm • • 
• • Ed Rampell wrote: Mae West was 40 when she took Tinseltown by storm with her legendary hourglass figure and outrageous one liners. Nevertheless, by the end of the play — which grows on you as it unfolds, once the outdated dialogue has stopped distracting 2018 viewers — the zinger-slinging Andrea Hutchman’s impersonation of West (and/or of a character Mae originated) won me over, as did the play itself. She done her right!
• • Ed Rampell wrote: Other standouts in the ten-person cast well directed by Sirena Irwin include Lowam Eyasu, who plays the down-on-her-luck hooker Agnes. An immigrant from Eritrea, Eyasu’s sparkling million dollar smile is easy on the eyes.
• • a bit of sly scene-stealing • • . . .   
• • This was Part 6. To be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: Stage Review of “Sex” written by Ed Rampell for People’s World; published on Wednesday, 16 May 2018.
• • On Monday, 13 June 1938 • •
• • At Temple Theatre — — not a chain theatre — — see Mae West in “Every Day’s a Holiday.” Continuous showings from 1 PM until 11 PM. Adults: 15 cents, children 10 cents. San Bernadino, California.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The Olde Bell is a hotel and public house in Hurley, Berkshire, England. It has seen a number of movie-star guests, including Mae West, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have had to do my share of outsmarting men through necessity."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California paper mentioned Mae West.
• • “The Wicked, Wicked Mae West” • •
• • Harrison Held wrote: Mae West fans and classic Hollywood lovers will love "The Wicked, Wicked Mae West." As the story unfolds we learn more and more surprising details about the pint-sized screen icon who helped save Paramount Studios and helped to put Cary Grant on the map.
• • Harrison Held wrote: "The Wicked, Wicked Mae West" is presented by Artistic Director John Lant, produced by Tamra Pica and associate produced by Jonathan Harrison.  . . .
• • Source: Item in NoHo Arts; published on Monday, 12 March 2018
• • 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 3979th 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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