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Three Plays by Mae West: Sex / The Drag / The Pleasure Man

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Mae West was, without question, one of the most famous and controversial figures of her era. She was a tough-talking, wise-cracking vaudeville performer who made her way onto the Broadway stage and then into the hearts of the American public with a highly visible Hollywood film career. Rarely, however, do people think of Mae West as a writer even though she wrote eight scr ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 24th 1997 by Nick Hern Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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David Cerda
Aug 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Mae was pretty fucking cool.
Elliot Huxtable
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: playscripts
These plays are very dated, but you can still see why they caused such a stir. However you can also see why they're rarely performed - they simply aren't very good. This may partly be because the language was so alien to me, but I think there were other factors - the lack of any empathic characters, the snappy but ultimately toothless dialogue, and the endless appalling double entendres.
Adele
An interesting read. I learned - while reading another book - that Mae West had written 3 plays for which she'd been fined & arrested. I got curious. I found the book in the library. I read it. Each play has its own life lesson to teach.
Paul
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow - okay, the writing is a bit dated, but the storylines were suprisingly modern. And the story about the lawsuits made it all the more interesting.
Bryan Cebulski
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, plays, queerness
"The Drag" is a questionable moralizing take on the HOMOSEXUAL MENACE. West tries to be sympathetic and call for tolerance but, I mean, she's still writing in the 1920-30s. Aside from treating homosexuality like a psychological illness that causes you to murder people, it's just not a well-written play to begin with. Way too pointed.

"The Pleasure Man" is a mess. Too many characters, too much going on, and by the time West figured out how to work in a plot it's over.

"Sex" is amazing though becaus
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Evelyn Davis
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I read "Sex"by Mae West for a class.
Edward Davis
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mae West was Brilliant! She was an intelligent writer! And, of course...she was sassy! I Love "The Drag!" Found these in collage and really need to re-read them again!
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A fascinating read. ‘Sex’ is genuinely a hilarious play and definitely produceable and theatres should be giving it a look. ‘The Drag’ and ‘The Pleasure Man’ are more relics than anything as they’re a bit all over the place and very vaudeville in a way that we don’t really do anymore, but it’s always good to be reminded that sexuality is not a modern invention, that diversity has been a thing as long as there’s been a human race.
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Mae West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol.

Famous for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress and writer in the motion picture industry.

One of the most controversial stars of her day, West encountered many problem
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