Pendragon opens ‘Dirty Blonde’ this weekend

SARANAC LAKE – Pendragon Theatre recently announced the opening of its first full length production of the Saints & Sinner’s Season with “Dirty Blonde,” by Claudia Shear and James Lapine.

Laura-Jean Swanson is directing the production, with scenic design by Tijana Bjelajac, Lighting Design by Bonnie B. Brewer and Costume Design by Kent Streed.

The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday. There will be a reception following the performance.

Tickets for “Dirty Blonde” are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for those under 17. People can also take advantage of the dinner theatre special for $42 or the second-night special for Saturday’s performance for $10.

“Dirty Blonde” explores the phenomenon of legendary American icon Mae West, Featuring songs from “I’m No Angel” and “She Done Him Wrong,” the musical play, intersperses West’s life with two modern fans who meet at her gravesite and subsequently celebrate Mae West’s joy of living, sexual power and freedom though their relationship during the course of the play. Playwright Shear has sprinkled the biographical flashbacks with Mae West’s spot on repartees, sparkling jewels of double entendre.

The title is from one of West’s film quips, “I made myself platinum, but I was born a dirty blonde.”

“I feel like a million,” the actress playing Mae tells the audience, then puts up her hand, “but one at a time.” Even if you’re not Cary Grant, why don’t you come up and see her sometime in delightful ‘Dirty Blonde.'”

Due to some of the content and language in this production, Pendragon recommends that only audience members 17 or older attend.

The cast features Brandy Clark as Mae West with Dylan Duffy and Matt Eick as a myriad of characters.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Pendragon Theatre at 518-891-1854, email or visit online at