Twin Cities theater artist and playwright Kory LaQuess Pullam brings us this riveting portrait of the Michaelsons, a working-class black family in south Texas. The family’s upwardly mobile college track star is summoned home by his grandfather’s death. With flashbacks and song, "Odd Man Out" establishes the Michaelsons’ essential lovingness — though certain members still treat each other terribly. Then the funeral fully exposes their fault lines, betrayals, inter-generational conflicts and worse. Yes, families are messy, but Pullam’s production is taut, relatable and utterly convincing. (10 p.m. Sun., 5:30 p.m. Thu., 8:30 p.m. Sat. Aug. 12, 2:30 p.m. Sun. Aug. 13, Rarig Center Arena, 330 21st Av. S., Mpls.)

CHRISTY DeSMITH