Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Mae West: Hard Task

A Los Angeles Times cartoon showed MAE WEST yanking G.B. Shaw's beard. Since she avidly followed theatre gossip, it’s possible Mae was familiar with his prostitute play, “Mrs. Warren's Profession,” featuring a streetwalker who is now a wealthy madam. If only they could chat during Shaw Fest, which will present “Sex” this summer.  This is Part 10 of 10 segments.
• • Shaw Festival revives Mae West’s racy Broadway hit “Sex• •
• • Diana Donnelly, long-time Shaw Fest member, takes Mae’s role • •
• • J. Kelly Nestruck wrote: Donnelly, who will have the hard task of making a Mae West part her own, thinks the writing transcends West’s individuality as a performer, however. “She’s such an iconic personality that people are dismissive of her value as a writer,” she says.
• • J. Kelly Nestruck wrote: Of course, 39 years after her death, Mae West’s writing can be more easily divorced from her personality – especially for younger theatregoers.
• • J. Kelly Nestruck wrote: “There’s a whole generation who’s never heard of Mae West,” Hinton-Davis says. “She’s so well in need of a reintroduction.”
• • J. Kelly Nestruck wrote:  The Shaw Festival officially opens this week in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Sex runs at the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre from June 21 to Oct. 13 (shawfest.com).
• • This ten-part article ends here with this post. We hope you enjoyed it. Go see “Sex.”
• • Source: The Globe and Mail; published on Monday, 6 May 2019.
• • On Sunday, 11 June 1989 • •
• • The L.A. Times wrote:  "I'm No Angel" (Channel 5, Saturday at 3:15 a.m.): Mae West was never better as a carny dancer turned lion tamer who conquers high society and vamps Cary Grant as well; this is the one in which she ad-libbed (sic), "Beulah, peel me a grape."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Through the years sexpots such as Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Josephine Baker, and Clara Bow have made everything risqué fashionable.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Considering what ‘Sex’ got me, a few days in the pen and a $500 fine ain’t too bad a deal.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A native Angeleno author mentioned Mae West.
• • Robert Pierson wrote: To relieve its overcrowded Vine Street facilities, the studio moved to the present location in 1926 and renamed itself Paramount-Famous-Lasky, later shortened to Paramount Pictures.
• • Robert Pierson wrote: Here legends were born. Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Veronica Lake and Betty Hutton were just a few of Paramount's movie stars.  …
• • Source: Los Angeles Times; published on Saturday, 25 October 1986
• • 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 14th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fourteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,200 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4232nd 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/

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