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When: First Thursday-Sunday of every month. Continues through May 13 2012

Bixby is a playwright whose script submissions are routinely rejected. On the theory that it's not his talent but his conventional-white-guy profile that's holding him back, he recasts himself as "Sid"—a black, half-Jewish, paraplegic lesbian from Uganda. Sure enough, interest picks up. When the leaders of a prestigious New York theater company ask to meet Sid, Bixby hires an actress to play her. Girl author Bixby Elliot (get it?) interpolates the ensuing high jinks with scenes involving famous fakes such as notorious lip-synching duo Milli Vanilli. The result is a predictable, gimmicky satire on modern celebrity. Elliot's one interesting idea—that Bixby's plays may actually be improved by the idea that a black lesbian wrote them—is dropped almost as soon as it's brought up. The single redeeming feature of this Pavement Group show: Armand Fields and Sentell Harper as Milli Vanilli. —Tony Adler

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