Diamond Lil

Darlene Violette plays Mae West in an intimate restaging of the sexpot's 1928 Broadway breakthrough, set in the seedy world of the Bowery in the Gay ’90s.
Event phone: 212-757-0788
Event website: http://donttellmamanyc.com

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4.7 / 5

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Jean McLoughlin

I recently saw Diamond Lil and loved every minute. The entire cast was top-notch, and I was impressed with their creative use of the entire space. The characters really came to life and I was transported back to the raunchy days of Mae West. Darlene Violette gave a great performance as Diamond Lil, but Joanna Bonaro really shone as the sultry, venomous Rita. Joanna commands attention and I was more than willing to give it. Fantastic show, I highly recommend everyone see it! Even my husband, who does not like theater, really enjoyed it.

Richard Halpern

I absolutely LOVED this show! I came upon it quite by accident when I thought I was just going to stop in to "Don't Tell Mama" and say hello to my pal Sydney (the owner). What s pleasant surprise to learn that a Mae West show was going to begin in about an hour! I stayed for the show and was so impressed not only with the adaptation of the original material, but with the staging and the performances as well. I am a huge fan of music and celebrities from the 1920s and 1930s, and Mae West has always been a favorite of mine. So nice to see her being given this wonderful tribute. Please go and see this show before it closes and please tell all your friends. I can't wait until the production comes here to Hollywood!

Esther Tolkoff

A fun and offbeat evening with lots of color . “L’il” is obviously Mae West, portrayed in all her brash glory by Darlene Violette. I learned that the play was originally written by West, who played “L’il” for many years. Playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo cut West’s three hour version down to this 80 minute version. The play includes lots of old time New York City history, -- life on the oldtime bad Bowery, and I for one found that interesting. The performers seemed to be having great fun even while dealing with things like feuds, jealousy, and, we gradually learn, prostitution. Among said performers are Don’t Tell Mama’s owner Sidney Myer, who portrays the owner of a Bowery saloon where L’il is the star performer. Mae’s saucy ways keep all the men at her beck and call and get her where she wants to go in life. The fact that the play is performed in a real cabaret adds to the spirited mood.

Esther Tolkoff

A fun and offbeat evening with lots of color . “L’il” is obviously Mae West, portrayed in all her brash glory by Darlene Violette. I learned that the play was originally written by West, who played “L’il” for many years. Playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo cut West’s three hour work down to this 80 minute version. The play shows life on the oldtime bad Bowery, and I for one found that interesting. The performers seemed to be having great fun even while dealing with things like feuds, jealousy, and, we gradually learn, prostitution. Among said performers are Don’t Tell Mama’s owner Sidney Myer, who portrays the owner of a Bowery saloon where L’il is the star performer. Mae’s saucy ways keep all the men at her beck and call. The fact that the play is performed in a real cabaret adds to the spirited mood.

Rick Baynes

I second the previous reviewer's comments. Diamond Lil brings the fabulous Mae West back to life. The wonderful Darlene Violette is spot-on in her portrayal of the lusty, bawdy Mae. Do yourself a favor and go see this lovely production.

gigi garcone

Just saw Diamond Lil - very entertaining production! A tribute to the sultry,irresistable diva Mae West is a must see! All the actors are very talented and you can see they put their hearts into their roles - especially liked Darlene Violette as Mae West and Joanna Bonaro as Rita, a madam from Rio. Darlene encompassed the whole persona of Mae and Joanna was sublime as the madam - she really has such a presence on stage. Very enjoyable night that is worth the trip!