• • Buffalo Rising sent Grant Golden to review it. This is Part 4 of 7 segments.
• • SEX is a sensational drama by Mae West • •
• • The production has a loose, murky quality • •
• • Grant Golden wrote: Problems abound. With the possible exception of the Stanton residence, there are never enough set pieces to give us a good sense of place. The production has a loose, murky quality, especially in the first act. The different characters played by a several cast members are not well differentiated, which leads to confusion. Diana Donnelly shines as Margy LaMont, the role Mae West wrote for herself, and even gets a chance to show off her vocal chops in a solo: “Who’s Sorry Now?” Other musical moments, clearly interpolated, are not nearly as felicitous. One wonders how much music (if any) was in the 1926 original.
• • [Editor's note: There were a lot of musical numbers in "Sex" [in its 1926 Broadway production starring Mae West], including music by black composers. You'd think a critic would take a glance at the Internet Broadway Database, wouldn't you?]
• • cross gender casting that could be described as” an interesting failure” • • …
• • This stage review by Grant Golden will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Buffalo Rising; published on Tuesday, 6 August 2019.
• • On Tuesday, 31 October 1933 in New York World-Telegram • •
• • Mae West told Douglas Gilbert, a vaudeville reporter, "Women much prefer to be feminine, believe me."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Under the expert hand of director Leo McCarey, the original story, by Miss Mae West herself, has been woven into an entrancing, eye-filling, laugh- and-drama packed spectacle, which goes even beyond the blonde charmer's recent smash successes.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It took a show-wise girl to put this vamp business on a paying basis."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily Variety mentioned Mae West.
• • Harry Kalmine recalling that he played Mae West in a seven-person act at the Keith in Orange, N. Y. only five years ago at $250 for the turn. …
• • Source: Variety; published on Tuesday, 19 September 1933
• • 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 15th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,300 blog posts. Wow!• • By the Numbers • •
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