Sex

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Reviews: 12

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Thu Aug 22, 12:00am

Margy LaMont, an entrepreneur as well as a prostitute, is the most successful sex worker in Montreal. That city becomes too hot for her when a society matron attempts to frame her for a crime she did not commit. She heads for the Caribbean, and later for a swank enclave in New York. She acquires lovers along the way, including Gregg, an English naval officer who has some entrepreneurial ideas of his own; and Jimmy, a younger man who will be the heir to a fabulous fortune, who is smitten with her. Between the police, criminals, hypocritical high-society types, and two men who really love her, Margy has her arms full. Sometimes, sex is the answer. Sometimes, it's the question. What will Margy do? Written by Mae West. Directed by Sirena irwin.

Reviews

Leigh Kennicott
"In Sex, Mae West played Margy (here performed by a cool Andrea Hutchman), a prostitute struggling to extricate herself from Rocky (Davey Johnson), her pimp, against all odds imposed by straight-laced society in 1926. Director Sirena Irwin strikes a perfect tone evoking an almost 40s-era gangster tradition. It doesn't matter that the production values are sparse, because the entire ambiance contributes to the effect. For a nostalgic trip to a far-off time and an iconic dame like Mae West, you really need to have Sex!"

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ...read full review


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"Mae West wrote a very good imaginative play full of colorful characters, spicy innuendo, comedy, and drama, and includes a few surprisingly good musical numbers performed by the amazing cast, many playing several roles throughout the production."

sweet - Harrison Held - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"Mae West was the original Margy LaMont, a blonde bombshell "lady of the hour," portrayed by Andrea Hutchman in the Buzzworks Theater Company production at the Hudson Theatre. She channels the sex goddess to a tea, flouncing around in lingerie and feathers, speaking with a throaty drawl that attracted men to her like moths to a flame. LaMont is based in Montreal, a city that becomes too hot for her when society matron Clara Stanton (Susan Edwards Martin) "crosses the tracks" and then attempts to frame Margy for a crime she did not commit. Hutchman has a lot of fun with the role, keeping it just campy enough to be funny without making fun of West's stage persona."

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"I am confident that neither Director Sirena Irwin nor Producers Jocelyn O'Keefe and Kevin Comartin will be put in jail for this production of “SEX.” But yes the show definitely has its bawdy moments and clearly is intended for an adult audience but in my view falls far short of any reasonable understanding of the word “obscene.” What it genuinely is is funny, even hilarious. Yet it does also stimulate deeper thought."

sweet - Ron Irwin - L.A. Splash - ...read full review


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"...in our more enlightened age, like the immortal Mae West herself, you too, will enjoy Sex. Why don't you come up and see it sometime?"

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


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"Directed by Sirena Irwin, SEX is as fun as…you-know-what! It's the bee's knees, the cat's pajamas, and is anything far removed of a piece of cheese! There are a lot of theatre shows that could be raided by the local vice squad as too much time progressed to make this show worth such a raid. But it's still sexy and fun! It's also just as historical as it's historical! And Mae West couldn't have said it better to suggest to come up and see her sometime, and that time is now! Crank up the Model T and head on over to good ol' Hollywood. Better still, take the Red Car! (Hot-Cha!)"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Offline - ...read full review


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"Director Sirina Irwin is faithful to West's over-the-top style that makes sex an innocent pastime with harmless vulgarity. The entire cast pull out all the slapstick stops to create a musical comedy that does not date. "

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - Theatre Spoken Here - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"The sound you hear at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre is Mae West turning over in her grave at the travesty being made of Sex, the 1926 play that outraged critics but proved that season's biggest Broadway hit and put its one-of-a-kind playwright-star on the map."

sour - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


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"The tremendous talent infuses the room of the small theater. The acting is terrific, sometimes superb."

sweet - Lucretia Tye Jasmine - ...read full review


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"In this Buzzworks production, director Sirena Irwin has created a situation that is neither fish nor fowl. Opportunities for broad comedy with takes to the audience and over the top presentation vary from scene to scene and character to character. All are talented players."

sweet-sour - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


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"I suspect that West's play is better than it appears to be here. Director Sirena Irwin clearly didn't trust the text and felt obliged to trick it out with artificial gimmicks, stylization, and presentational techniques rather than letting it speak for itself."

sour - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"Director Sirena Irwin has spiced up the show with nice touches but overall it could use more The cast of ten is uneven with Eyasu, Errigo, Martin and Wilderson faring best. Hutchman often comes across as if she has never seen a Mae West movie. She gets laughs but mostly because of the way the lines were written, not how she delivers them. She nearly comes across as the “straight man” in this sex comedy, something Mae West never intended...Sex is a real rarity and it should be seen by those who love theatre history. Sex really deserves a better production and leading lady and if it received them, could enjoy a lengthy run, here or off-Broadway."

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"In Sex, Mae West played Margy (here performed by a cool Andrea Hutchman), a prostitute struggling to extricate herself from Rocky (Davey Johnson), her pimp, against all odds imposed by straight-laced society in 1926. Director Sirena Irwin strikes a perfect tone evoking an almost 40s-era gangster tradition. It doesn't matter that the production values are sparse, because the entire ambiance contributes to the effect. For a nostalgic trip to a far-off time and an iconic dame like Mae West, you really need to have Sex!"

sweet - Leigh Kennicott - ...read full review


Avatar
"Mae West wrote a very good imaginative play full of colorful characters, spicy innuendo, comedy, and drama, and includes a few surprisingly good musical numbers performed by the amazing cast, many playing several roles throughout the production."

sweet - Harrison Held - Discover Hollywood - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"Mae West was the original Margy LaMont, a blonde bombshell "lady of the hour," portrayed by Andrea Hutchman in the Buzzworks Theater Company production at the Hudson Theatre. She channels the sex goddess to a tea, flouncing around in lingerie and feathers, speaking with a throaty drawl that attracted men to her like moths to a flame. LaMont is based in Montreal, a city that becomes too hot for her when society matron Clara Stanton (Susan Edwards Martin) "crosses the tracks" and then attempts to frame Margy for a crime she did not commit. Hutchman has a lot of fun with the role, keeping it just campy enough to be funny without making fun of West's stage persona."

sweet - Shari Barrett - ...read full review


Ron Irwin
"I am confident that neither Director Sirena Irwin nor Producers Jocelyn O'Keefe and Kevin Comartin will be put in jail for this production of “SEX.” But yes the show definitely has its bawdy moments and clearly is intended for an adult audience but in my view falls far short of any reasonable understanding of the word “obscene.” What it genuinely is is funny, even hilarious. Yet it does also stimulate deeper thought."

sweet - Ron Irwin - L.A. Splash - ...read full review


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"...in our more enlightened age, like the immortal Mae West herself, you too, will enjoy Sex. Why don't you come up and see it sometime?"

sweet - Ed Rampell - Hollywood Progressive - ...read full review


Avatar
"Directed by Sirena Irwin, SEX is as fun as…you-know-what! It's the bee's knees, the cat's pajamas, and is anything far removed of a piece of cheese! There are a lot of theatre shows that could be raided by the local vice squad as too much time progressed to make this show worth such a raid. But it's still sexy and fun! It's also just as historical as it's historical! And Mae West couldn't have said it better to suggest to come up and see her sometime, and that time is now! Crank up the Model T and head on over to good ol' Hollywood. Better still, take the Red Car! (Hot-Cha!)"

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Offline - ...read full review


Avatar
"Director Sirina Irwin is faithful to West's over-the-top style that makes sex an innocent pastime with harmless vulgarity. The entire cast pull out all the slapstick stops to create a musical comedy that does not date. "

sweet - Morna Murphy Martell - Theatre Spoken Here - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"The sound you hear at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre is Mae West turning over in her grave at the travesty being made of Sex, the 1926 play that outraged critics but proved that season's biggest Broadway hit and put its one-of-a-kind playwright-star on the map."

sour - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Avatar
"The tremendous talent infuses the room of the small theater. The acting is terrific, sometimes superb."

sweet - Lucretia Tye Jasmine - ...read full review


Avatar
"In this Buzzworks production, director Sirena Irwin has created a situation that is neither fish nor fowl. Opportunities for broad comedy with takes to the audience and over the top presentation vary from scene to scene and character to character. All are talented players."

sweet-sour - Michael Sheehan - On Stage Los Angeles - ...read full review


Avatar
"I suspect that West's play is better than it appears to be here. Director Sirena Irwin clearly didn't trust the text and felt obliged to trick it out with artificial gimmicks, stylization, and presentational techniques rather than letting it speak for itself."

sour - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"Director Sirena Irwin has spiced up the show with nice touches but overall it could use more The cast of ten is uneven with Eyasu, Errigo, Martin and Wilderson faring best. Hutchman often comes across as if she has never seen a Mae West movie. She gets laughs but mostly because of the way the lines were written, not how she delivers them. She nearly comes across as the “straight man” in this sex comedy, something Mae West never intended...Sex is a real rarity and it should be seen by those who love theatre history. Sex really deserves a better production and leading lady and if it received them, could enjoy a lengthy run, here or off-Broadway."

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review