By Stephen Sewell. Melbourne Theatre Company. Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio. February 22 – March 30, 2019.
To quote Mae West, “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”
The legendary Mae West, in all her glitz and glamour, holds the spotlight in the new MTC production of Stephen Sewell’s Arbus and West, which unravels the truths and fears between two great American artists.
It is 1971. Mae West (Melita Jurisic), performing in Vegas, is scathingly dismissive of Diane Arbus’ (Diana Glenn) tragic suicide. The fascinating ‘true story’ of Arbus & West harks back to their first and only meeting in 1964.