In response to the arrival of Second City in the Southland, the Groundlings emphasize local culture in their latest revue, "The Groundlings' Big Spin." They're attempting to claim the nearby turf as their own.
They attack their immediate neighbors, the chic boutiques and cafes along Melrose, harder than any other target. Peter Hastings' "Chair" takes a well-aimed crack at minimalist furniture design, and Melanie Griffin's "The Ladies of Dupar's" is a clever fantasy scene in which a too-hip restaurant is suddenly invaded by a squadron of Dupar's waitresses.
Likewise, Nancy Dye's brief "Interlude" is a brilliantly goofy number in which trendoids strike grim poses while pretending to whistle the prerecorded theme from "The Andy Griffith Show."
The show's freshest take on Los Angeles is "The Road Less Traveled," by Steven Hibbert and Julia Sweeney. A quartet of yuppies exchange secret routes through traffic congestion as if they're endowing each other with the gift of life. But don't laugh too hard; bring a note pad if you want to write down any of the routes.