Courting Mae West

The play "COURTING MAE WEST: Sex, Censorship & Secrets" is based on true events during the 1920s when actress MAE WEST was arrested and jailed in New York City for trying to stage two gay plays on Broadway. Maybe she broke the law - - but the LAW couldn't break HER!

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Men in Her Life

MAE WEST had a bosom buddy (along with a sometime lover and a devoted manager) in Jim Timony, the man responsible for making a second-string vaudevillian into a box-office sensation. In "Courting Mae West," Neal Sims will portray the Irish-American attorney and star-maker. The versatile Mr. Sims — — a man of a million accents and moods — — will also take the part of Mae's director Edward Elsner, newsdealer Isidore, and other roles. Additionally, he is the Assistant Director for the production.
• • Neal Sims was born and bred in Jay Gatsby country. Trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he took Shakespeare classes with Mrs. Ian Richardson.
• • His credits encompass both acting and directing achievements. Projects he has taken part in include: the New York premiere of "The Chill on Lake St. Clair" at Pulse; "Charles Busch's Sleeping Beauty or Coma"; "Psycho Sorority Girl"; "Bad Dames Go to Hell"; "Poverty Row Horror Show"; and "Jock Jupiter" — — all at the Red Room — — "Damaged Dames" at Under St. Mark's; and "Bad Dames Go to Hell" for Spotlite On's 2004 Halloween Festival (where he won the Frankie Award for best director). Neal Sims also directed and acted in two shows for the New York International Fringe Festival: "The Greatest B-Movie Ever Told" [2005] and "Vice Girl Confidential" [2006]. A classic film buff, he is thrilled to be part of a project about the one and only Mae West.
• • "COURTING MAE WEST" opens at 6 o'clock on Saturday night July 19, 2008 at the Algonquin Theatre [East 24th Street and Park Avenue South].
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"COURTING MAE WEST" — — showtimes
• • July 19th, 2008 — — 6:00 PM
• • July 20th, 2008 — — 2:00 PM matinee
• • July 21st, 2008 — — 6:00 PM
• • July 22nd, 2008 — — 9:00 PM
• • Tickets to "COURTING MAE WEST" are $18 per adult.
• • sells the tickets — —
• • Questions? Phone 212-779-3051.
• • The play is 95 minutes.

• • Get ready to come up and see Mae West, Texas Guinan, and the gang onstage in mid-July 2008.

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• • Photo: Mae West cast
• • Neal Sims • •

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