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* Arbus & West *
Arbus & West by Stephen Sewell Melbourne Theatre Company 22 February-30 March 2019 Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio 'No one had more fun with the double entendre than Mae West' Chicago Tribune 'Mae, you can fool the world, you can fool your friends and you can even fool yourself, but you can't fool me...' Hollywood bombshell Mae West built her career on lookin' good - walkin' the walk and talkin' the talk - while legendary photographer Diane Arbus was famous for finding beauty in the everyday. When Diane turns up at Mae's glistening LA apartment in 1964 to take her portrait, tensions quickly flare. Mae's version of herself is very different to the one Diane wants to catch on film. But whose version wins out when a master of illusion meets a master of truth? Drawing on actual events, award-winning Australian playwright Stephen Sewell imagines what might have transpired between these two extraordinary women, creating a powerful portrait of beauty, sexuality, wildness and longing. Melita Jurisic (The House of Bernarda Alba) takes on the role of the irrepressible Mae West, with Diana Glenn (The Slap) as Diane Arbus in this World Premiere production, directed by MTC's 2018 Helpmann Award-winning Associate Director Sarah Goodes (The Children). 'Diane Arbus was one of the most powerful American artists of the 20th century.' The New York Times
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