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Gynecology, Broad Comedy, at ComedySportz. Think hard before bringing a date to this late-night show. Virtually every topic, from Maxipads to yeast infections, could send boyfriends, husbands, and guy pals screaming to the nearest sports bar. Bioethicist and lawyer by day, playwright by night Katie Watson has compiled a neat package of comedy sketches around various "she things," opening with a graphic enactment of a pelvic exam.

The all-female ensemble of six--Watson, Amanda Blake Davis, Jenny Hagel, Lori McClain, Abby McEnany, and Jacqueline Stone--keep the evening flowing at a swift pace, moving into new scenes and characters with confidence and flawless timing under Second City veteran Jim Zulevic's direction. Some of the premises are a little worn--an MTV takeoff, lesbian folksingers, a lounge act from Muncie. But others border on ingenious, including a bachelorette party for the Virgin Mary that turns into "Sex and the City--The Biblical Season" and a phone-sex line where the women are performance artists who get callers off by answering questions like "What are you wearing and who are your influences?"

No matter how strong the bit, though, Watson stops short of anything meaningful, relying mostly on the shocking, the gross, and the F word for laughs and stretching some jokes way beyond their limit. When the women finished their menstrually charged finale, it was like reaching the end of a Saturday Night Live episode during an off season.

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