Friday, October 04, 2019

Mae West: Enjoy Good "Sex"

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 5 of 5 segments, the final installment.
• • Shaw Festival review: Sex feels relevant, even after nearly 100 years • •
• • Watching “Sex• •
• • Glenn Sumi wrote: And the actors handle the dialogue with respect and dignity. Donnelly delivers her one-liners with wit, but she doesn’t rely on the innuendo that was a West trademark. And Fiona Byrne invests her society matron with a complexity that suggests layers of compromise and repression.
• • Glenn Sumi wrote: West’s star might be dimmed today — — have millennials even heard of her? — — but her legend lives on in some circles. Several years ago, she was impersonated by a contestant on an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Let’s hope this production encourages more people to discover her — — and enjoy some good Sex while they’re at it. 
• • Glenn Sumi’s review has now concluded with today’s post. We hope you enjoyed his viewpoint.
• • Source: Now Toronto; published on Wednesday, 4 September 2019
• • "Sex" by Mae West (Shaw Festival). At Studio Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Runs to 13 October 2019.
• • Follow the Canadian drama critic on Twitter:  @glennsumi
• • On Saturday, 4 October 1947 • •
• • British correspondent Cecil Wilson wrote: Mae West, in London to play "Diamond Lil," was "on show" at the Savoy Hotel for newspapermen.  And she put on the performance of her life to give them the Mae West they know on the screen.  ...
• • Source: "Shy Mae West!" written by Cecil Wilson for The Singapore Free Press (on page 2); published on Saturday, 4 October 1947.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywood — Having started production on the Mae West film, Emanuel Cohen, president of Major Pictures, now has his next five pictures in preparation.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm just as busy when I'm not making a movie."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Herald mentioned Mae West.
• • Miss Marie W. Presstman, defending the action of the Board of Motion Picture Censors, of which she is secretary, told the court that some films were "too frank in their presentation for children's minds."
• • She cited Paramount's "I'm no Angel," with Mae West, as an example of the "very objectionable" variety. The board at first banned the Mae West film, but later approved it. …
• • Source: Motion Picture Herald; published on Saturday, 16 May 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 4316th 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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