Opens Friday: A cookout is the setting — and an apt metaphor — for playwright Robert O'Hara's scorching sendup of black and white stereotypes. The action starts at a family barbecue fueled by beer, drugs and whiskey. In this tightrope of a play — it could fail spectacularly — O'Hara also deals with cultural appropriation. The play is getting big productions across the country. Thomas Jones II directs Mixed Blood Theatre's season opener and acts alongside big-name Twin Cities performers Jevetta Steele, Regina Marie Williams, Sue Scott and Stephen Yoakam. (7:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 5 & 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 16. 1501 E. 4th St., Mpls. Pay-what-you-wish or $25 for guaranteed admission. 612-338-6131 or

Rohan Preston