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.
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Rave reviews for Dirty Blonde:
"Even now, Mae can make you laugh"
"The theatrical equivalent of a whirling dervish"
"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