By Mae West
Author note: Lillian Schlissel (Editor)
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1997
Mae West was once, with no query, the most well-known and debatable figures of her period. She was once a tough-talking, wise-cracking vaudeville performer who made her method onto the Broadway degree after which into the hearts of the yankee public with a hugely noticeable Hollywood movie profession. not often, even if, do humans give some thought to Mae West as a author although she wrote 8 scripts for the degree and her personal discussion for plenty of of her films.
In Three performs via Mae West, Lillian Schlissel brings this underexplored a part of West's profession to the fore through supplying for the 1st time in e-book shape, 3 of the performs West wrote within the 1920s--Sex (1926), The Drag (1927) and Pleasure Man (1928). Schlissel's advent bargains perception to the lifestyles and early profession of this mythical level and reveal actress.
In her first starring function on Broadway, West performed Margy LaMont in Sex, which had 375 non-stop performances yet was once closed via the police after greater than a yr, whilst she used to be attempted and convicted of corrupting the morals of minor. Set in a Montreal brothel, the play confronts the difficulty of girls separated by means of classification and attitudes of sexuality. West's personality learns the painful lesson that girls aren't certain in sisterhood just because they've got either shared the betrayal of men.
In The Drag, which opened in Bridgeport, Connecticut, yet now not in big apple, West argued that, like sexuality in a lady, homosexuality had no category id. during this play West used the theatricality of the drag "queens" who had develop into her acquaintances and "sisters."
Pleasure Man is once more set on the planet of theatre, and is either a forerunner to La Cage aux Folles and a revenge fable during which a guy is castrated after seducing and impregnating an blameless lady. Pleasure Man had and a part performances within the urban ahead of it used to be closed by way of the police. whereas West received the felony correct to have her play played, its debatable nature marked the tip of her field workplace success.