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SEX at the Hudson Mainstage

Rich Huthman

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Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

We don’t think of Mae West as a literary figure, but she wrote three plays — Sex, The Drag, and Pleasure Man. All were produced on Broadway, and all were closed by the police on grounds of obscenity.
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Rob Stevens – Haines His Way

Before she became one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars of the 1930s, the iconic Mae West was a playwright and a Broadway star.
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Now running through June 17

THE DODGERS at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre

Photo by Marjorie LeWit

Photo by Marjorie LeWit

Bob Verini  -   Stage Raw

Diana Amsterdam’s The Dodgers, now playing at the Hudson Mainstage, deals with a December “Day of Infamy,” but it’s not the one that interrupted Americans’ Sunday morning breakfast with news about something called Pearl Harbor. Just short of 28 years later, on December 1, 1969, the government held a televised lottery to determine — fairly, it insisted — which members of the infuriatingly, disingenuously named “class of 1970” would be subject to the draft. No one was immune. Read more…

Now running through February 28

HOLLYWOOD PARTY at the Hudson Mainstage

 

 

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Neal Weaver  – Stage Raw

Playwright-director-costume designer Octavio Carlin bills himself as “dress designer to the stars,” and his claims to be a fashion designer have a certain credibility. The gowns he has designed for the ladies of his ensemble are handsomely outre (and a program insert informs us that they can all be purchased at the Octavio Carlin Store on Kings Road). But he is not yet much of a playwright or director. Read more…

Now running through Oct. 19.

VISIONARY MAN at the Hudson Mainstage

Photo by Ed Krieger

Photo by Ed Krieger

Margaret Gray – LA Times

J.B. Murray, the outsider artist and subject of the musical hagiography “Visionary Man” at the Hudson Mainstage, was an illiterate Georgia farmer who at age 70, after receiving a message from the Holy Spirit, began painting pictures of unbelievers in hell, was taken up by the art world and died a celebrity

Murray’s story caught the attention of art historian Mary Padgelek, who wrote a book about him and then felt a call to stage it as a musical. Read more…

Now running through August 31.