• • Let’s hear from another Australian drama critic now. This is Part 1 of 10 segments.
• • In Stephen Sewell’s charming “Arbus and West,” feminism boils to the surface • •
• • Sandra D’Urso wrote: In the world premiere production of “Arbus and West,” playwright Stephen Sewell appears to be straying into unchartered territory. He is renowned for being a hard-hitting political writer, whose epic plays are almost always described as “dark.”
• • Sandra D’Urso wrote: Here Sewell reimagines the real-life encounter between Hollywood icon Mae West and avant-garde photographer Diane Arbus. Key moments in the lives of these two fascinating 20th century artists provide the seductive scaffolding for the play.
• • Sandra D’Urso wrote: It is far from documentary-like, however. The dialogue is charming and comedic, while the theme of women’s eviscerated position in society slowly boils and erupts to the surface.
• • The biographies are compelling fare • • . . .
• • Sandra D’Urso’s review will be continued on the next post.
• • Review: “Arbus and West,” Melbourne Theatre Company
• • Source: The Conversation; published on Wednesday, 6 March 2019.
• • On Saturday, 23 July 1938 in Bristol, England • •
• • "At the Little Theatre — — A Mae West film" announced the Western Daily Press (Bristol, England) on Saturday, 23 July 1938.
• • July 2004: Mae West Blog launches • •
• • What are we up to, writing about the Brooklyn-born bombshell for fifteen years now?
• • We’re here to keep Mae mavens up to date, correct errors, celebrate each revival of a play she wrote, post the latest Westian stage and book reviews. And answer our fan mail!
• • The light’s still on. Come up and see Mae every day.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The "Sex" painting commissioned by Mae West was painted by the artist Florence A. Kosell.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Well, this artist, Florence Kosell was her name, she was here one day and she walked through the bedroom and I was lying there on my bed, so she said, ‘I must paint you like that.’ She wanted it full face at first, but I thought it was kind of brazen, so I say how long will it take to do? She tells me and it’s a long time. So I say, well how long will it take to do it in profile? She says half the time, so that’s how we did it.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A French paper mentioned Mae West and Gladys Lewis Bush [1889 — 1954].
• • Theadora Brack wrote: I find myself wondering: what would my own monument look like? How will they style me when I leave the rodeo? In a trench coat or — — heaven forbid — — my favourite puffy parka? Then it strikes me: why wait? After all, Mae West didn’t wait after successfully making the jump from the stage to the talkies.
• • Theadora Brack wrote: “They’re saying I’m through but I’m not. I can always keep on giving them something different,” Mae told the press. “A star keeps going!”
• • Theadora Brack wrote: Then, the on-the-go Mae West visited Paris. Well, almost. Instead, the savvy boss diva commissioned artist Gladys Lewis Bush to sculpt a mini-Mae statue and sent it in her place. “She was stretched out on the operating-table of my work-room, and measured and probed with care and curiosity,” designer Elsa Schiaparelli wrote in her tell-all autobiography. . . .
• • Source: France Today; published on Monday, 8 July 2019
• • 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 4,200 blog posts. Wow!• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4262nd 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/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • in 1934 • •
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