Girl You Know It’s True

By Bixby Elliotgirl you know it's true by pavement group

Directed by David Perez

Produced by Pavement Group

At Chopin Theatre, Chicago

Satire of the phoniness of pop culture too vague for consumption

I must spend too much time going to theatre because  I could not  figure out who the folks were that Bixby Elliot’s play was spoofing. I have no idea who Millini Vanilli was so the pop references were mute to me. Add a super-fan, probably a friend of the production, laughing so loudly even at unfunny moments that I seemed out of place at Girl You Know It’s True.

Girl You Know It's True by Bixby Elliot

The  short scenes mixed with those inexplicable fraudulent pop celebrates left me confused. I was able to ‘get’ the gay couple that had one a playwright – Bixby  (John Zinn) struggling to get produced. After many rejections, he decided to send in his plays not from himself but from a fictional African-American Lesbian woman (Sam Bailey) in a wheelchair. This fraudulent appeal to the quota-minded theatrical liberals got him produced. He hires an actress to play the playwright. She decides to keep the role alive once the play is successful. Somehow, she is never able to be exposed despite Bixby wanting to be credited with the work he actually wrote.

Girl You Know It's True by Bixby Elliot

The scene changes and the interwoven stories did little but distract me from the main story which in the 100 minutes seemed to get lost in the Milli Vanilli story. I’d mention the memorable players but since the program had no photos of the actors, I couldn’t identify most of them from their character’s names. I’m unable to identify who played the two Milli Vanilli characters. When a show is so vague in referencing pop cultural folks, it can only appeal to those who know the references. I am not one of them, so maybe those who watch Entertainment Tonight will enjoy this show? The appeal seems to be for the 20-30somethings.

Somewhat Recommended

Tom Williams

Talk Theatre in Chicago podcast

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2012

For more info checkout the Girl You Know It’s True page at Theatreinchicago.com

At Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, Chicago, IL, www.pavementgroup.org, tickets $25, Thursdays thru Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 3 pm, running time is 100 minutes without intermission, through May 13, 2012