Monday, November 04, 2019

Mae West: Sex Is Strong

A cunning cartoon showed MAE WEST yanking G.B. Shaw's beard. If only the two controversial writers could chat during Shaw Fest, which had been presenting “Sex” in Canada until Sunday, 13 October 2019.
• • Buffalo Rising sent Grant Golden to review it. This is Part 6 of 7 segments, so it’s almost finished.
• • SEX is a sensational drama by Mae West • •
• • Mae West was not shy • •
• • Grant Golden wrote: Playwright West was not shy about exposing the grim underbelly of the sex trade, and gives us a distinctly feminine perspective while doing it.  Moreover, we are regularly treated to the sort of flip, risqué remarks that would serve her so well a few years hence, in the movies.
• • Grant Golden wrote: Trying to separate it from the problematic Shaw production, I would say that the play SEX is pretty strong.  A bold (at least for the year 1926) zippy melodrama with naturalistic leanings, and a number of good one-liners.  It’s easy to see why it played to packed houses for nearly a year. 
• • I must fault the creative team • •  . . .
• • This stage review by Grant Golden will conclude on the next post with part 7.
• • Source: Buffalo Rising; published on Tuesday, 6 August 2019. 
• • On Wednesday, 4 November 1931 • •
• • After enormous effort, on Wednesday, 4 November 1931 the final curtain came down at the Royale Theatre on "The Constant Sinner" starring and written by Mae West.
• • Set in Harlem, the play opened on 14 September 1931 and ran for 64 performances on Broadway.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • King-siding at Mae's sensational nightclub debut in Las Vegas was laughing boy, Johnny Ray — — once again with his ex — — Marilyn Morrison.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "He who hesitates is a damned fool."
• • Mae West said: "No secret marriage for me. When I marry, the whole world will know about it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Elton John’s new memoir mentioned Mae West.
• • 13 of the Best Celebrity Stories From Elton John’s Name-dropping Memoir, “Me• •
• • Justin Curto wrote: Yes, Mae West once came onto him: “It was the city where, more or less, I’d become a star; where I’d been feted by my idols; where I’d somehow ended up taking tea with Mae West (to my delight, she swanned in with a lascivious smile and the words, ‘Ah, my favorite sight — a room full of men’ —  which, given that the men present were me, John Reid and Tony King, suggested Miss West was in for an evening of disappointment).”  …
• • Source: Vulture; published on Wednesday, 16 October 2019
• • 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 4,337th 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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