Sex | North Lakeside Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 21 2009
Phone: 773-769-7761
Price: $15
This rarely revived 1926 comedy--about a hooker who tries to go straight after falling in love with a naive young businessman--is best remembered today because it earned its author-star, Mae West, eight celebrity-boosting days in the pokey for "corrupting the morals of youth." The play has lost much of its shock value, but its hard-boiled, bawdy dialogue and clever plotting can still garner laughs. The Prologue Theatre Company's promenade production--which requires viewers to traipse from one room to another in the two-story North Lakeside Cultural Center--is entertaining despite some slack pacing and weak supporting performances (especially from the men). In the lead role, Jes Bedwinek effectively mimics West's sly smirk and languid line readings, but fails to capture her sultry strut. Director Margo Gray would've done better to cast an actress as unlike West as possible, rather than try to re-create the iconic screen vamp's persona. --Albert Williams



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