Monday, November 11, 2019

Mae West: Still Reverberates

The Pacific Northwest decided to offer a new production of “Sex” written by MAE WEST and her collaborator Adeline M. Leitzbach in 1926. Let’s learn more. This is Part 3 of 7. Errors made by Wendy Leigh have been corrected.
• • ‘SEX’ appeals at WICA • •
• • Mae West was light years ahead of the times • •
• • Wendy Leigh wrote: Jordan notes the themes that still reverberate with today’s society, saying that Mae West’s play, though written in 1926, could have been ripped from today’s headlines.
• • Wendy Leigh wrote: “Mae West was so much more than ‘Come up and see me sometime,’” he said. “Throughout her life, she was light years ahead of the times, fearlessly speaking about taboo subjects: date rape, white privilege, criminal justice reform, prostitution, police corruption, suicide, drug addiction and, of course, sexuality in all its glorious orientations.”
• • Wendy Leigh wrote: As both author and star of the 1926 play, West took the fall for its inherent disobedience and potential to corrupt “the morals of youth.” . . .
• • A New York grand jury determined the play was obscene • •  . . .
• • This stage review by Wendy Leigh will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: South Whidbey Record; published on Friday, 11 October 2019.
• • On Tuesday, 11 November 1913 • •
• • Mae West's vaudeville routine was noticed by an entertainment critic for the Philadelphia Times, where some quotes appeared on Tuesday, 11 November 1913.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • When Mae West debuted her new muscleman act at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, one of her hot numbers was “Take It Easy, Boys,” which the prolific Lester Lee had written.
• • Lester Lee died from a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 51.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I see good in every man. That's why I'm not married."
• • Mae West said: "I hear Marilyn and Jane are tryin' to build themselves up with their sex appeal. Well, they haven't got what it takes. They're artificial. They haven't arrived yet."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The N.Y. Daily News mentioned Mae West, who came up to see them in 1933.
• • Remembering the life and career of Mae West • •
• • Legendary actress, playwright and comedian Mary Jane "Mae" West, born in Brooklyn on Aug. 17, 1893, was known throughout her 70-year career for her witty sexuality and saying things like, "Between two evils, I always choose the one I've never tried before."
• • Mae West was indomitably herself until her death on 22 November 1980, in Hollywood, from stroke-related complications. She was 87. …
• • Source: The New York Daily News; published on Saturday, 17 August 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 4,342nd 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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• • Mae West • with a N.Y. Daily News pressman in 1933

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