• • Buffalo Rising sent Grant Golden to review it. This is Part 7 of 7 segments, the finale.
• • SEX is a sensational drama by Mae West • •
• • I must fault the creative team • •
• • Grant Golden wrote: While I applaud the ShawFest for rediscovering and staging SEX, I must simultaneous fault the creative team for their very substantial, misguided efforts to make it more controversial, “arty.”
• • Grant Golden wrote: Did they trust the piece? I suspect not.
• • Grant Golden wrote: SEX deserved a nice, faithful rendering on a little proscenium stage, like the Royal George. Sadly, that did not happen.
• • Grant Golden wrote: In its present incarnation, I can give it no more than two and a half buffaloes.
• • This stage review by Grant Golden has now concluded with part 7. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we do.
• • Source: Buffalo Rising; published on Tuesday, 6 August 2019.
• • On Wednesday, 5 November 1930 • •
• • "A prizefighter's tart" who enjoys black men as well as Caucasians, Babe Gordon, the frisky blonde teenage protagonist, was Mae's idea of an uptown temptress, footloose, fearless, and unfettered in Harlem.
• • The novel "Babe Gordon" by Mae West was published in New York City by The Macaulay Company on Wednesday, 5 November 1930.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Morgan James sings the sexy showstopper "Turn Back, O Man" in "Godspell." Modeled after Mae West, her character aggressively flirts with the cast and audience.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I won't drink Los Angeles water — — it's terrible. I only drink bottled water."
• • Mae West said: "When you make the right demands, the studios are delighted."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Canyon News mentioned Mae West.
• • Additional Bits and Pieces of Hollywood Stuff • •
• • Michael wrote: We immediately took to each other and she invited me to visit her the next day. She lived on Rossmore in Hollywood where only the very wealthy could afford; Mae resided in the penthouse of the building she owned [sic]. When I arrived at her place, I was met by Mark [sic], a young stud with muscles who was introduced as her partner-caretaker. He showed me into the living room. Everything there was white, rug, wall, piano, curtains, paintings, the only black thing in the place was ME.
• • Michael wrote: When Mae made her grand entrance, she was dressed completely in white, looking amazingly youthful and unbelievably stunning.
• • “Well, Michael,” she purred. “You made it.” . . .
• • Source: Canyon News; published on Tuesday, 15 October 2019
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • 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 4,338th 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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