In her new cabaret, A Touch of Venus, Elizabeth Hodes explores the lives, music, and passions of three legends Lotte Lenya, Marlene Dietrich, and Edith Piaf. Sung in French, German, and English, A Touch of Venus recently completed a soldout run at Danny's Skylight Room in Manhattan.
“...a captivating hour of song.”
“A Touch of Venus”
Reviewed by Elizabeth Alfors, in CABARET SCENES, Jan 2004
“Lotte Lenya, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf—three legends, attracted devotees or disparagers, rarely shrugs of apathy. At Danny's Skylight Room, Elizabeth Hodes strode onstage, elegant and graceful to present A Touch of Venus, honoring these three performers.
Each woman was unique, and avoiding impersonations, Hodes interpreted their music to express their individuality. Exotic Lenya defined the dangerous Mac, the Knife. Piaf's story of ultimate survivor included her anthem, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien. Hodes displayed a unique connection to Dietrich and featured post-war tunes, Ruins of Berlin and Black Market.
Elizabeth Hodes dramatically grabbed onto a song and held on until the story ended. She did a compelling job of condensing the stories of three stand-out performers into a captivating.