presents the Southwest premiere of
by Claudia Shear
starring Claudia Beckham
April 21 - May 13
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3:30 p.m.
Cameo Theatre,123 E. Commerce Street, just east of I-37, San Antonio, 78205 (click for map)
General Admission $29, Seniors $25, Students $20, SATCO members $25, Students/Military $15 - Group rates are available by calling (210) 325 8702
tel. (210) 212-5454 website: www.cameocenter.com
This comedy with music weaves the life story of Mae West with the sweetly oddball romance of two lonely New Yorkers who're obsessed with the star, and also includes songs from West movies such as I'm No Angel and She Done Him Wrong. Five actors play 24 roles in this fun and breezy commentary on the world's first Blonde Bombshell!
A funny, bawdy New York hit with dream roles for actors, Dirty Blonde combines transformation and drama with a fabulous dollop of show biz magic.
Cameo Theatre presents the South Texas premiere of Claudia Shear's Broadway hit Dirty Blonde. Nominated for five Tony Awards in 2000, the comedy weaves the life story of Mae West with the sweetly oddball romance of two lonely New Yorkers who're obsessed with the star, and also includes songs from West movies like I'm No Angel and She Done Him Wrong.
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.
"Hands down the best new American play of the season...Take off your hats, boys Mae West is back on Broadway...in a compact Rolls Royce of a vehicle...written by and starring Claudia Shear... This is no evening of mere impersonation.... Dirty Blonde is a multi-layered study of the nature of stardom, as experienced by one of its avatars and two adoring fans. Shaped with remarkable fluidity and inventiveness, Dirty Blonde presents one of the canniest portraits on record of that floating dialogue between icons and idolizers that remains so much a part of American culture... Ms. Shear finds the enduring substance in the smoke and mirrors of one actress's stardom, allowing Mae West to shock and delight once again."-The New York Times
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.