As Mae West said, "When a girl goes bad — men go right after her." And audiences, too, or so Seattle's ACT hopes with their new production of Claudia Sher's Mae West play, Dirty Blonde. The three-person comedy plays May 31-June 30 in the Allen Theatre. Jeff Steitzer (ACT's Quills, Stonewall Jackson's House) directs. A hit on Broadway, Dirty Blonde involves two single New Yorkers, Jo and Charlie, who meet at Mae West's grave site, and then goes on to trace the couple's changing relationship while simultaneously tracking West's career. That history is one of controversy and fame as the "dirty blonde" made it to Broadway (Sex, Diamond Lil) and to the movies ("She Done Him Wrong," "I'm No Angel," "My Little Chickadee") all the while maintaining her bad girl image.
Julie Briskman doubles as Jo and Mae West with Michael Winters as Charlie and others. Both Briskman and Winters are Seattle vets with her credits including Spinning Into Butter and The Beard of Avon, while he has done five plays by Steven Dietz. Mark Anders fills the third slot and musical directs.
Tickets are $27-$44. ACT is located at 7th and Union Street. For reservations, call (206) 292-ARTS. ACT is on the web at http://www.acttheatre.org.