Monday, September 30, 2019

Mae West: Now Toronto

A cartoon once depicted 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. Now Toronto put Glenn Sumi in the aisle seat. This is Part 1 of 5 segments.
• • Shaw Festival review: Sex feels relevant, even after nearly 100 years • •
• • Mae West's controversial play is messy, but its themes of hypocrisy, class and female empowerment remain urgent in Peter Hinton-Davis's stunning production.
• • Glenn Sumi wrote: Sex sells. Buxom burlesque performer Mae West understood that throughout her long career, so it’s no surprise she gave the title to her 1926 play, which, despite scathing reviews, ran for a year and a half on Broadway to packed houses.
• • Glenn Sumi wrote: The Shaw Festival’s revival – incredibly, it’s the Canadian premiere – puts the play in fascinating context.
• • Less controversial in 2019 — — but still relevant • •  . . .
• • Glenn Sumi’s review will continue on the next post.
• • Source: Now Toronto; published on Wednesday, 4 September 2019.
• • On Saturday, 30 September 1911 • •
• • On Friday, 22 September 1911, 18-year-old Mae West was in the spotlight. On that date, "A La Broadway" had opened at the Folies-Bergere Theatre, New York, NY. This short-lived revue (produced in an expensive venue) closed on Saturday night, 30 September 1911.
• • Variety noted on September 30th: "Folies Bergere Experiment Reaching an End."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Salary checks of individuals made public by the Treasury among about 18,000 persons who received $15,000 or more during 1934 follows: Mae West, actress, Paramount, $339,166.65.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don't believe all you read in the papers. I am not broke. I am only down to my last few millions.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Missouri daily mentioned Mae West.
• • New York in the "Gay 90s" Is Stem of New Mae West Hit • • 
• • “Every Day’s a Holiday” is from an original story by Miss West herself. It was directed by Edward Sutherland and produced by Emanuel Cohen.
• • New York In its most glittering and romantic mood-the mood of the Gay Nineties and the Naughty Turn-of-the-Century, the period that saw "Diamond Jim" Brady, "Jubilee Jim Fiske and other bon vivants at their gayest, is the playground of curious Mae West In her new film comedy, "Every Day's a Holiday," showing today and Friday at the opening Sunday at the Dickinson Theatre.
• • Set at the turn of the century, Miss West’s latest screen adventure is the story of a girl named Peaches O’Day with a penchant for selling the Brooklyn Bridge to unsuspecting millionaires and tourists, an idiosyncrasy which gets her into difficulty.  . . .
• • Source: Chillicothe Constitution Tribune; published on Saturday, 12 February 1938
• • 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 4312th 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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