The third piece, “Dances for Lovers” with Deborah Lohse, was a solid hit. With Carol Burnett humor and a mullet haircut wig, she plays TruDee, a woman from Tuckahoe.
In her creation of TruDee, Lohse’ brand of humor and delivery are reminiscent of Carol Burnett.
(Elkins) brought in people from clowning workshops like the lovely Deborah Lohse, who is a dance-comic genius.
that great dance comedienne, Deborah Lohse
Lohse plays the haughty Austrian noblewoman that von Trapp is thinking of marrying in her best Carol Burnett manner.
And there’s Deborah Lohse who strutted on her tiptoes to connote the high heels her stridently bitchy Baroness might wear but suggesting in elegant slapstick the way Carol Burnett might have played the role had she been cast in the movie instead of Eleanor Parker.”
The tall, gangly Deborah Lohse, whose Carol Burnett-like face holds the constant promise of tragic comedy, strides onstage to the sounds of the Sarabande from Bach’s glorious Cello Suite No. 4. She proceeds to ignore the music as she performs subtle little hip and shoulder shimmies, arm swings and strange truncated gestures, occasionally baring a shoulder or her abdomen, while smiling and grimacing with equally mysterious arbitrariness.“The solo is a tour de force, mostly because of the way Ms. Lohse — one of those performers who have only to raise an eyebrow to cause an audience to burst out laughing — is able to infuse Ms. Barnes’s material with an almost magical amount of meaning and power.
Barnes slitty-eyed and quick on the trigger and Lohse, lanky and noodle-limbed with a rubbery, Carol Burnett face make a hilarious duo, and, you know what? They dance purty durn well too.
In her initial solo, Ms. Lohse, a lanky dancer with large features and a cropped reddish haircut, contorted her face as comedienne Carol Burnett might have been expected to.
The evening’s pomo vaudevillian comics are Deborah Lohse and Anna Smith, and they are a wonder. Tall Lohse has a rubber face and large, expressive eyes (Carol Burnett comes to mind), but she uses these with restraint and excellent timing.