Mae West’s “The Drag” at the Provincetown Theatre
Mae West’s “The Drag”
May 19 – June 5 Heralds the re-premiere of Mae West’s notorious melodrama The Drag. Described by the author as “A Homosexual Comedy,” The Drag was shut down by the Vice Squad in 1927 for “corrupting the morals of youths” because it told the taboo tale of a closeted Park Avenue newlywed and his secret double-life with a pack of Greenwich Village drag queens. Banned in Bayonne, The Drag never reached its destination of the Great White Way. Still as funny and relevant as it was nearly 100 years ago, the Provincetown Theater’s mounting of West’s forgotten work will be its first professional mounting since the cops closed her down in 1927.
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