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Northern Virginia gadfly Sander Hicks has recently surfaced in New York as an up-and-coming playwright admitted to the New Dramatists. The self-described postmodern entrepreneurial Marxist has published works, via his Soft Skull Press, by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and Todd Colby, and through his East Village- based Little Molasses Theatre Company he has produced his own Artanimal, Cash Cow, The Perfect Example, and Rapid City, Max Frisch’s Biography: A Game, as well as works by Berthold Brecht. Hicks’ newest work and first musical, Sealove, Manager, is both a pop-punk operetta and a domestic drama that follows protagonist Sealove as he leaves Wall Street and returns to the D.C. suburbs to confront the specters of youth and family. Like his early works, it concerns the overeducated—those Malkmus calls “the underused”—navigating their way through society and an unsatisfying existence. Hicks’ punk band White Collar Crime opens the show and provides the sounds that accompany Sealove’s quest. At 7 p.m. at Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 518-7900. (John Dugan)