“When you think about Mae West, the words warm, sweet and touching don’t usually come to mind—yet they aptly describe of CVRep’s current offering, Claudia Shear’s Dirty Blonde.
The play opened on Broadway May 1, 2000, and went on to earn five Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Play. It follows the story of two Mae West fans: Jo, a boisterous office temp and part-time actress, and Charlie, a shy, nerdy movie archivist at the New York Public Library. They meet at West’s grave on the anniversary of her death, and they strike up a friendship.
The unfolding of their relationship is intertwined with West’s own story—from her early days in vaudeville, to her arrest on obscenity charges after staging her play Sex on Broadway, to her subsequent movie career, including She Done Him Wrong with Cary Grant, and I’m No Angel…”