Phoenix Theatre's Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre

Oct. 1-4

Last Saturday, it was finally my turn to see just how funny Seattle-based comic duo Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt can be. The sold-out house seemed prepared, even eager, for the many vulva references - and illustrations! - in this "best of" sketch show. For me, mentions of love buds and pounding pants were to be borne with a cringe and a grin in order to get to the comic mastery of Koch as Sister Agnes Labia and Platt as country singer Euomi Spudd. Both comediennes can get loud and broad, but I loved their more nuanced comic portrayals and writing. Sure, Platt wore her lipstick like a clown, but she sold her send-up of Naomi Judd with a sentimental catch in her voice and confusion in her eyes as she spun her absolutely ridiculous countrified merging of The Matchstick Girl and "The Gift of the Magi." Koch brought me to my knees with her soft-spoken yet totally domineering drama teacher nun. Skits like "The Inner Child 12-Step Daycare" were more funny in concept than execution and I liked the folk band spoof more than the punk one. Still, the evening flowed (a menstrual pun Dos Fallopia would have taken up) enjoyably with blackout voice-overs between skits, Koch's fine singing and guitar accompaniment, and a devotion to all things middle-aged, female and lesbian. 635-7529; www.heylisa.com.

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