Dirty Blonde: Tony Award-Nominated Comedy About Mae West
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Ever go to a play and think "it did not feel too bad but it really was"? That is unusual for me but that is my reaction to this one. It has decent momentum and acceptable dialogue, there are a few modestly funny moments, many uncomfortable and when it is over a bad aftertaste. What was the point?
It is suppose to be about Mae West but there is really little insight. She was vulgar, she was assertive, she did it "my way". There is a lot of gayness and cross dressing going on. There are two pathetic characters setting the story but not telling us much about Mae. It is Not a Biography and it is not as described somewhere a musical. It is a gesture toward being about a unique person.
I found the lead actress wrong. Not resembling Mae at all, having none of her attractions suggests Mae was an overweight plain women who was dressed up by impersonators to look hot. That just was not true. In many ways this is More Gay than it is Mae. So the old star is a clothes horse for a different story all together?
There is a hint it could be more. Where did the wise cracking come from? How did she become a playwright? Why did she seem to know bluntly more than her times? Why was she Tough to use the starting mealy mouthed intro? You can ask but you won't find out here.