BoHo Theatre


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Dirty Blonde

By Claudia Shear
Directed by Stephen Genovese

April 1 – May 1, 2011

presented at Theater Wit

Conceived by Claudia Shear and James Lapine and featuring songs from I'm No Angel and She Done Him Wrong, Dirty Blonde explores the phenomenon of the legendary Mae West, one of America's most enduring and controversial pop culture icons. And it does so with a terrific mix of dialogue and singing from the characters.

Dirty Blonde, which draws its title from the West film quip "I made myself platinum, but I was born a dirty blonde," tells the story of Jo, an office temp and aspiring actress, and Charlie, who works in the New York Public Library's film archives, both lonely and obsessive West fans who meet at her grave and form a unique relationship as they swap stories about the career highlights and eventual decline into parody of the woman they worship.

  • Frank Wallace, Ed Hearn, and others:
    Nicholas Bailey
  • Joe and Mae: Anne Sheridan Smith
  • Charlie and others: David Tibble
  • Musical Supervisor: Nick Sula
  • Scenic Design: Andrew Marchetti
  • Lighting Design: Scott Pillsbury
  • Costume Design: Theresa Ham
  • Prop Design: Cassy Schillo
  • Stage Manager: Meg Love
  • Producer: Peter Blair

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Rave reviews for Dirty Blonde:

"Even now, Mae can make you laugh"
Chicago Sun-Times

"The theatrical equivalent of a whirling dervish"
Chicago Tribune

"Dirty Blonde... will keep you laughing"
Chicago Stage Style

"Smith has the perfect look and legendary physique; she also has Mae’s delivery of double entendres down to a science."
Center Stage Chicago