“Long-time local singer David Christopher was watching the Coachella Valley Repertory show “Dirty Blonde” when he suddenly flashed back to his youth as an assistant to Mae West.

CVRep’s production of Claudia Shear’s Tony-nominated play revolves around the bawdy, groundbreaking writer-actress whose classic comedies saved Paramount Studios from the Depression. It features photo backdrops of places West worked and lived, including shots of one of her Los Angeles-area homes where Christopher handled tasks, such as sorting her daily tidal wave of fan mail.

One life-size photo shows an armchair where West entertained guests who came up to her sixth-floor apartment. Next to the chair, Christopher recalled, was an oval white fur couch where he’d sit and listen to West tell stories, including many of the tales brought to life in “Dirty Blonde…”

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