Here comes Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery at Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret

    September 22, 2013 @ 11:00 pm – September 23, 2013 @ 12:00 am
    Diamond Lil Returns!
    swan_bed_final_dark_red_bowStarring Darlene Violette as Mae West
    Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret
    Sunday’s, September 22 – November 24, VariousTimes
    Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery
    Starring Darlene Violette as Mae West
    Co-Directed by Darlene Violette & Dena Tyler
    Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret (gets turned into Suicide Hall)
    343 W. 46th Street, bet. 8 & 9 Avenues
    Sunday September 22nd @ 7pm
    Sunday October 27th, @ 7:30pm — Halloween Party — come in 1890s costume!
    Sunday November 3rd @ 7pm — vote for Gus Jordan for Sheriff Night.
    Sunday November 10th @ 8:30pm
    Sunday November 17th@ 7pm
    Sunday November 24th @ 7pm
    Running Time: 85 Minutes
    Tickets $15 plus 2 Drink Minimum
    Call after 4pm to reserve a seat: 212-757-0788; RSVP online:
    Closest MTA subway stations: 42nd St./ Times Sq. via A, C, E, 1, 2, 3
    Written in 1928 by Mae West, the stage play “Diamond Lil” has been called many things including “critically acclaimed,” “more sinful than Sodom,” and “a drama of the underworld.” The seedy underbelly of the old Sixth Ward is well represented here with a cast of actors portraying prostitutes, procurers, sex traffickers, jewel thieves, gigolos, hornswogglers, and con men.
    The Cast: Starring Darlene Violette as Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery and also featuring Sidney Myer, Anthony DiCarlo, Joanna Bonaro, Gary Napoli, Juan Sebastian Cortes, Kimmy Foskett, Jim Gallagher and live music by Brian McInnis
    But despite a City Council vote to increase police oversight, law officers have (so far) avoided stopping by this frisky show in the Time Square area to, you know, stop-and-frisk.  If this continues, we intend to send word to the New York State Department of Cultural Purity
    Souls both serious and sinister took note that three events in August — that led to whoopee, winks, and ink in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Brooklyn Courier, etc. — lifted the petticoats of petulance from the psyches of an untold number of Manhattanites who have missed Mae West.
    Packing pistols in her corsets and pulsing with roisterous charm, actress Darlene Violette is taking the role of the Queen of the Bowery to new levels of comedic combat that severely restricts boredom by unlawful methods. And breaking with convention, the audiences interrupted each performance, cheering the cast often with applause so heavy that paint chips flaked off the ceiling.
    Did you miss the merriment? Fear not. Those  torso-tossing scenes of sin and sensationalism return to the red curtained realm called “Suicide Hall” this Fall. Come up sometime and reserve a seat.  Then stop-and-frisk the bartenders.
    By popular demand, actress Darlene Violette — — and the wonderful cast who brought the Bowery denizens and Suicide Hall’s ne’er-do-wells to life
    The public is invited (suitable for age 18 and over). Join us as we turn the iconic NYC nightspot Don’t Tell Mama into Gus Jordan’s “Suicide Hall”!
    Staying faithful to the gritty themes in the novel by Mae West, LindaAnn Loschiavo trimmed the work to 85 minutes for a cast of eight.
    Come up and see Mae West for yourself at The Mae West Blog