Sex and the City 2 has nothing on this show. For less than the price of a movie ticket, you can enjoy a night of dating tales from the dark side, which recall the freshness and hilarity of the HBO show's first couple seasons, without any of the melodrama or fabricated storylines characteristic of both its last season and the beating-a-dead-horse-for-the-money film adaptations. What you get instead are two veterans of improv and sketch comedy, Evie Peck and Kirsten Eggers, describing their romantic maledictions -- and male additions -- in eminently quotable ways. The laugh lines are edgy, sexy and scandalous at times but always delivered with an understated, wide-eyed honesty that is reminiscent of both Phoebe from Friends and Flight of the Conchords. Evie and Kirsten break into song to describe their bad romances, seamlessly accomplished by the onstage appearance of Jon Lee, who co-wrote the numbers and provides the folksy guitar strumming. The transitions into and out of these songs, as well as between bits, is smoothly orchestrated by director Nick Hoffa, who keeps the show moving at brisk clip. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Kim West's airlinesafety card diagrams of proper tongue technique that provide the perfect backdrop to a compact show (running one hour) that, unlike the aforementioned franchise, actually made me want a sequel. The Lost Studio, 130 S. La Brea Ave., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; through June 24. (323) 960-1055, plays411.com/imadeout.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Starts: June 4. Continues through June 26, 2010