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posted Friday, October 8, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 41

It's A Salon! blends art, dance, and comedy
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Cherdonna & Lou Show: It's a Salon!
October 15-16
Century Ballroom


Quirky. Wacky. Brilliant. Honest. That is the way I feel about Jody Kuehner (Cherdonna Shinatra) and Ricki Mason (Lou Henry Hoover). In the collaborators' new show, The Cherdonna & Lou Show: It's a Salon!, the talented contemporary dancers weave together drama with dance, comedy with a miniature piano, and gender-fuck drag with the reality of a dinner party gone wrong. It's thought-provoking yet stupefying - It's a Salon!

Cherdonna and Lou began working together in Seattle in 2004. They soon discovered a synergy of comedic timing and a shared passion for character-driven movement (Think Jack Tripper - in drag - on Three's Company). The two created the Cherdonna and Lou Show to combine their chorographical backgrounds with their desire to create comedic politicized and personal performance. They merge movement as the impetus for character development with the artifice of drag to reveal something true.

In the case of It's A Salon!, the drag-dance duo hosts an evening of one-way conversations about art, party games, and supernatural moments. Cherdonna, the lady of the house, seems to want everything to go just right - though the contrary seems to happen around every turn. From broken champagne bottles to a fight with Lou, the man of the house, over an electric guitar amplifier, the couple represents the truth behind the modern American family where everything, no matter how good or bad, is swept under the rug - literally.

All artsy-fartsy talk aside, the two give a stunning physical performance, as would be expected for the duo. The size difference between the two is funny enough; Cherdonna towers over Lou as they dance, fight, and sing their way into your comedic heart.

The dramatic pieces in the show are a bit uneasy. There are long pauses and ice-cold glares from Cherdonna to Lou or vice-versa, but it works. They recreate a living room set - with a god-awful number of old lamps - where it is clear when you are supposed to feel uncomfortable and when you are supposed to laugh.

I wouldn't dare give away the surprises (of which there are many), but I would advise that if you know how to play the guitar, raise your hand, and if you like to be thoroughly entertained, buy a ticket. It's A Salon! promises to be unlike anything you have seen, and you will walk away feeling like art and dance are well and intact in Seattle thanks to Cherdonna and Lou.



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