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posted Friday, December 21, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 51
Not kosher, but tasty
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Not kosher, but tasty

Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch reprise their favorite Ham for the Holidays sketches

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

HAM FOR THE HOLIDAYS: HAM-AGEDDON!
DOS FALLOPIA/
TONGUEINCHIC PRODUCTIONS
(at Theater Off Jackson)
Through December 30


Someone out there who knows how to get hold of Ann and Nancy Wilson needs to tell them to get to Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt's show, Ham for the Holidays - Ham-aggedon! They'll love the spoof of some of their greatest hits.

Somehow, this year's iteration of Ham for the Holidays, always a reliable holiday treat, is even better than ever - and that's saying a lot! To describe this pun-heavy, perfectly costumed show is not to even begin to experience it. You quite simply have to be there. It is the quintessential theatrical experience that does not translate to the page, even if written down.

I can describe their version of Nancy Wilson singing together with Stevie Nicks as Heartwood Mac, which is one of their top creations, and Lisa Koch's new lyrics to some iconic tunes, but you really have to hear it for yourself. Lisa's dark brown wig and quavery soprano vies with Peggy's laid-back alto with winged gown and slowly circling head. It's hard to hear the lyrics for too much laughing at what you do catch.

Back this year are The Colonel and Shenille, this year making music on the West Seattle Water Taxi. 'Where are you going?' 'Downtown.' 'OH! SO ARE WE!' goes one excited exchange. Even if you don't remember The Captain and Tennille, the married crooners from the mid-'70s, you'll recognize these struggling buskers who can never get a really good gig.

SOME NEW STUFF, TOO
New this year is a Barista Boot Camp where a tough-talking supervisor puts a training crew through its paces regarding foam-to-milk ratios and how to straighten the furniture properly. Joining Lisa and Peggy are Michael Oaks and Bruce Hall, who fill out the tightly scripted skits, and David Koch, who pulls the whole thing together directorially. Somehow, the four performers create a dozen characters or more.

The Matrons of Blues also seem new, where two nonagenarians demonstrate how they keep themselves healthy with a spectacular special drink. Watching Koch's myopic character get directed around the stage by a barely patient Platt ('now turn right & no, right & the other right') and hearing the ingredients, you may not be so entirely sure you'd want to follow in their footsteps.

A wily and progressive Sister Mary Agnes and her friend the Craft Lady have opened a 'Nup Shack' in a former sandwich shop. It's a new-fangled wedding store where they offer different kinds of ceremonies to the new Gay clientele who want to get married. They recycle, too!

And it probably wouldn't be Ham for the Holidays without the Sequim Gay Men's Chorus or an appearance by The Spudds! This year's audience-interactive portion, a standard feature, is a Dating Game-like sequence to help Mama Spudd find a new love interest.

Ham for the Holidays is a known quantity, and it often sells out (in that case, standing-room tickets or no-show seats may be available). For details, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/277489 or call 1-800-838-3006.

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