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Title Houston Voice, No. 1171, April 4, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
Publisher Window Media
Date April 4, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com APRIL 4, 2003 19 • theater donmoser .- Cast, costuming are just two of the highlights of this play focusing on the irrepressible Mae West 'Blonde' is a delight I THINK CONTEXT IS VERY IMPORTANT, so as I sat down to write about Stages' new production, "Dirty Blonde," I was listening to Three Doors Down's song, "Loser," and had just finished reading Judith Thurman's article in the current New Yorker about artist Vanessa Beecroft's bulimia exhibition, "The Wolf at the Door." How those influences play into this review, I'm not exactly sure, except that a famously sexy female performer, Mae West, and a couple of her obsessed fans are the illuminating context for "Dirty Blonde." Stages Repertory Theatre has mounted yet another must-see play for Houstonians. Claudia Shear, whom you might know as the screenwriter for several well-received films like "Living Out Loud" and "It Could Happen to You," received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Play for this superb work about Mae West's life and career, told by way of two lonely, admiring fans. Laura Josepher, back in Houston for her third Stages' production, directed this two-hour time capsule, noting that her research revealed West to be one of the best and earliest feminist icons for her use and command of sexuality In fact, "Sex" was the name of West's first play one that was shut down by authorities soon after opening and landed the budding actress/songstress/comedienne/writer in the slammer for a few days (she got no answer upon asking the judge how she could spend her nights). Scathing repartee with innuendo was and is the trademark of West, and no "dame" since could possibly match her mentally (Sarah Bernhardt, though, comes to mind). Undaunted and even encouraged by the "Sex" brou-ha-ha, West created "Diamond Lil" a huge Broadway hit that established her image as a sex symbol in the American public's mind. From that stage success came the film, "She Done Him Wrong," starring the then-unknown Cary Grant, a film credited for rescuing the near bankrupt Paramount Studios. West worked in radio and television for many years before writing her autobiography "Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It" finally settling in a Hollywood apartment for her retirement It is in that very same apartment that many of the finest moments of "Diriy Blonde" are enacted. That setting, her family mausoleum in Brooklyn's Cypress Hill Cemetery, and a number of vaudeville stages account for most of the locations of this play that alternates between the present and the past of a great career Actress Susan Oltmanns-Koozin captures that Mae West in the past and embodies Jo, the infatuated fan, in the present. Her voice intonations, body movements, and interactions with a variety of male characters had to transcend decades of time, and she met the demands incredibly Many moments during her performance had me literally in the room with the real Mae West, and it was only applause that brought me out of the reverie. Susan Ottmanns-Koozin stars as Mae West in Stages Repertory Theatre's must-see 'Dirty Blonde.' Accompanying Oltmanns-Koozin in this stage creation of an American icon are the immensely versatile Jeffrey Gimble and Philip Lehl, both of whom play at least a half dozen assorted men in West's life and career. Most intriguing, though, is Gimble's portrayal of Charlie, a young film archivist who is solidly obsessed with this sex goddess, to the point of visiting her grave every year and secretly wearing one of her gowns. Gimble's range with this character along with the others is wonderful to witness. Lehl plays everything from a grandfatherly Joe Frisco to the very witty drag queen Eddie Hearn. Every new character—and there are several — seem to be an entirely different person. Outside of a well-written play, strong direction and wonderful enactment are the elements of stage and costume design. It is amazing how Stages' creative staff can fabricate moments of time and many different places so economically and make the suspension of belief so easy Costume Designer Andrew Cloud is responsible for a great deal of that magic, having begun costume research back in November and creating 27 renderings that Costume Shop Manager Brooks Ashley and staff brought to material life. West was and is noted for her larger-than-life persona, and as Josepher states, there is litfle chance of overdressing her. If for nothing else, the enjoyment of the costuming would be reason enough to see "Dirty Blonde." That costuming coupled with a gilded vaudeville stage arch, an upright piano for the songs and thickly cushioned furniture round out a stage design wonderfully convincing and enjoyable. By all means, go see "Dirty Blonde." For as Mae West so naughtily expressed: "Too much of a good thing is wonderful." £} MORE INFO 'Dirty Blonde' Through April 13 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays • 3 p.m. Sundays Tickets: $32-342 • Stages Repertory Theatre 3201 Allen Parkway at Waugh Drive 713-527-0123 • www.stagestheatre.com THE LOVETT INN Distinctive Lodging and Catering Accommodations Call us for your next out-of-town guest'. Historic Accommodations • Corporate Meeting Rooms Banquet Facilities • Jacuzzi Suites * Pool/Hot Tub Near Downtown, Museums and Medical Center We do catered events for up to 200 people! 501 Lovett Blvd. Houston; TX 77006 (713) 522-5224 • (800) 779-5224 Fax (713) 528-6708 • lovettinn.com YOU'LL LOVE IT! ISN'T IT TIME? 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