Mae West, wise-cracking vaudeville performer, was once the most debatable figures of her period. hardly, despite the fact that, do humans give some thought to Mae West as a author. In Three performs through Mae West, Lillian Schlissel brings this underexplored a part of West's occupation to the fore via delivering for the 1st time in booklet shape, 3 of the performs West wrote within the 1920s--Sex (1926), The Drag (1927) and Pleasure Man (1928). With an insightful advent by way of Schlissel, this ebook bargains a different inspect to the lifestyles and early profession of this mythical degree and display actress.
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GRAYSONHow might you play on a woman’s innocence like that? ROLLYJust why for those who take such an curiosity in my spouse? (Takes step to heart. ) GRAYSONI simply can’t stand to determine a candy blameless lady like CLAIR handled that means. ROLLYOh, I see. (Takes step towards him. ) i believe I comprehend the place your curiosity lies. After I’ve given you the hospitality of my domestic, depended on you with my spouse. GRAYSONYes, i'm drawn to your spouse. As to your hospitality, your plans and the good Kingsbury works, they could visit hell. i believe you’re a rotter. God! (He throws the plans at the table—starts to head. ) ROLLY (Tries to forestall Him)Just a minute, Allen. GRAYSONPlease … ROLLYNow you can’t move like this. You’re taking the inaccurate perspective. Now, let’s overlook all approximately it. GRAYSONForget approximately it. (CLAIR enters left. ) CLAIROh, ROLLY—Hello Allen. (Crosses to ROLLY. He kisses her. ) GRAYSONHello, CLAIR. (Enter MARION and BARBARA. ) MarionHow do you do Mr. GRAYSON? BARBARAHow do you do, Mr. GRAYSON? ROLLYHello Marion—Aunt BARBARA. Marion, you’re relatively a stranger, the place have you ever been hiding? MarionNot hiding, ROLLY, simply busy. My husband loves to have me round. CLAIRIt was once simply by probability we met. Aunt BARBARA and that i met her downtown and took her driving with us. BARBARAI consider you’re very busy. (Crosses to GRAYSON. ) GRAYSONYes, fairly. MarionHow are the recent constructions coming alongside? GRAYSONProgressing very swiftly. ROLLYWonderful paintings. Come the following Marion. simply examine this, listed here are the plans. Marion (Crosses To Table)What’s this? ROLLYWhat’s this, Allen? GRAYSONThat’s the skin. ROLLYYes, this is often the surface of the housing of the recent blast furnace and those are the floor plans of the metal rolling flooring. MarionIt seems like a move note puzzle to me. ROLLYYes, it should. i believe I shall begin to gown. BARBARAAre you going to take CLAIR to the opera, ROLLY? ROLLYWhy, no, Mr. GRAYSON goes to accompany her. BARBARAOh—I see, the place are you going this night, if I’m now not too inquisitive. ROLLYI have an enormous engagement on the town which i must continue. BARBARAWe’ll wait and trip jointly. ROLLYVery good. (Exits upstairs. ) BARBARACLAIR, doesn’t ROLLY deal with the opera? (Sits on chair left of middle. ) CLAIRHe’s a superb lover of tune yet his time is so fascinated about company, he’s scarcely has time to move anyplace. If it weren’t for Mr. GRAYSON, I may still see not anything however the 4 partitions. BARBARA (Meaningfully)Hm, hm. (GRAYSON smiles. ) MarionMy expensive, you’re relatively lucky to have an escort so captivating. BARBARAAnd a husband so beneficiant. MarionWhat should be sweeter? CLAIRMarion could have her little shaggy dog story, yet inform me, are all husbands so very busy? MarionMy expensive, I don’t learn about all husbands. I merely have one and one is adequate. He simply runs me ragged. BARBARA (Crosses Over again Of desk To correct Rear Corner)Come, Mr. GRAYSON, i believe we’d higher pass inside of. there's something i need to invite you. CLAIRAunt BARBARA is often asking questions. BARBARA (At Door Rear)Yes, my pricey, i've got a interest advanced. (Exits. GRAYSON starts off to go out. ) CLAIR (Looking At Wrist Watch—To GRAYSON)You speak with Aunt BARBARA and that i shall costume.