Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mae West: Hetero Homo

A cunning cartoon showed MAE WEST yanking G.B. Shaw's beard. If only the two controversial writers could chat during Shaw Fest, which is presenting “Sex” in Canada. Broadway World sent Michael Rabice to review it. This is Part 8 of 9 segments.
• • BWW Review: SEX is Alive and Well at Shaw Festival • •
• • How does Mae West define sex? • •
• • Michael Rabice wrote:  Bonnie Beecher's lighting is evocative and employs multiple types of lights, creating captivating effects. The lights that shine above the rotating fans in ACT III suggest a scene right out of the film "Casablanca."
• • Again, Hinton has treated the play with a crafty mind and attention to detail, recreating a world that many of us just know from black and white gangster movies. Mae provides the stock characters, but Hinton somehow lifts them off the page to make them more human, and in most cases utterly believable. The title itself proves to be a spring board of ideas for the director — — is West talking about the act of sex, the archetypal two genders of sex, or an amalgam of hetero and homo sexual identities. It appears that the answer is yes to all of the above.
• • Mae West would be thrilled with this production • • …
• • Mr. Radice’s stage review will conclude on the next post, which is part 9.
• • Source: BWW Review; published on Friday, 2 August 2019.
• • On Tuesday, 12 September 1933 • •
• • Paramount Pictures pumped out the promotional copy for Mae West's "She Done Him Wrong" during 1933.  "Not Once But Again and Again" read one ad headline printed in Variety's issue dated for Tuesday, 12 September 1933.  "Yes, they kinda went for me," Mae tells her audience in another advertisement.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Joe Breen said that difficulty is inherent in any Mae West picture.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Even if you're not a lady, act like one."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Hollywood LOW-DOWN mentioned Mae West.
• • San Diego, Calif. — — That Actors’ Home
• • There is much talk about building an actors’ home in Hollywood. Let us hope that the talk is about ended and that it will be backed up with real action.
• • Mae West, Joan Crawford, Director John Cromwell, Robert Taylor, Cary Grant, Fred MacMurray, Lionel Barrymore, Jean Hersholt, Sir Guy Standing, Barbara Stanwyck, Bob Burns, Purnell Pratt, John Beal, Anne Shirley, Gene Raymond, Samuel S. Hinds, Moroni Olsen and scores of other screen celebrities are heartily in favor of the project and they can be depended upon for their loyal support. …
• • Source: The Hollywood LOW-DOWN; published on June 5-6-7 in 1936
• • 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 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 • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4300th 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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