Through Aug. 1 at the Marsh, 1062 Valencia (at 22nd Street), S.F. Admission is $8-15; call 826-5750.
-- Michael Scott Moore
Attempting to re-create a show originally written by and starring a famous comedy duo is pretty ballsy. But Caitlin McClure and Mary Jo Mrochinski are staging what used to be called The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives. Gifted comediennes Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy performed and refined their act over years, and it showed in the bits I've seen on TV -- they knew each other's rhythms and quirks and polished their rather slight play into a semiprecious stone. McClure and Mrochinski evidently don't have the luxury of a long history together. Not all the roles are fleshed out, and several characters' voices sound alike, though McClure is funny as a Soviet peasant woman hawking "Lilac Spring" tampons, and Mrochinski has a loud, clear voice she uses to humorous effect. Their best scene together is as two teenage girls gabbing about love. (They've had their pumps primed by watching West Side Story.) Still, though there's no textual abridgment of the The Kathy and Mo Show, there is an artistic one. Directed by Kathryn G. McCarty.
Through July 31 at the New Conservatory Theater Center, 25 Van Ness (at Market), S.F. Admission is $12-16; call 861-8972.
-- Joe Mader