Picks and Pans Review: Louise Duart: the Mouth That Roared

updated 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/11/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Showtime (Sat., Dec. 9, 10 P.M. ET)

D+

Ah, the misused magic of TV. It allows impressionist DuArt to mount this frantic one-woman comedy special hosted by DuArt as unbearable (and very unfunny) talk show hostess Iris Lupitsky.

There are distortions in her hall of mirrors. DuArt is often a good mimic, but whenever she nails the voice (Barbara Walters, Joan Rivers, Cher, Kate Hepburn), the poor physical simulation of her subjects detracts from her technique. Woody Allen is one person she reconstructs convincingly. But she can't do his voice. Then there are all kinds of people (Tammy Faye Bakker, George Burns, Dr. Ruth, Cyndi Lauper) that DuArt neither looks nor sounds anything like.

The Mouth That Roared is a prodigious effort—but one that leaves a distinctly bad impression.

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