If the likes of Kiki & Herb can sell out Carnegie Hall and the Geary Theater today, it's partly thanks to West's groundbreaking efforts some 80 years ago. Yet as far as we've come on the sexual enlightenment front, Aurora's revival of Sex throws the recent resurgence of anti-smut campaigns and censorship laws into sharp relief. Sex was revolutionary when it first appeared because it used comedy to cut sin down to size, reducing it, as Schlissel points out, "from mortal transgression to misdemeanor." If only those who waste so much of the public's time and money trying to stamp out the word "fuck" from the radio and prevent the tiniest exposure of pop stars' nipples on TV had inherited West's sense of humor.

Delia MacDougall (center) does her best Mae West impersonation.
David Allen
Delia MacDougall (center) does her best Mae West impersonation.

Then again, there's nothing like a bit of notoriety to draw attention to a cause and get a budding starlet noticed. West truly knew what she was talking about when she famously said, "When I'm good I'm very good, but when I'm bad I'm better."

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