Three plays to see this weekend

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“Neighbors” at Mixed Blood Theatre

September is truly the month for theater… not only are many theaters opening their first shows of the season, it’s also the month of the Ivey Awards, in which local theaters get their night to celebrate the best work of the past year.

Here are just a few of the plays you can see on Twin Cities stages this weekend…and check back on Tuesday morning to find out who won this year’s Ivey Awards.

Neighbors at Mixed Blood Theatre.

Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Neighbors takes on both racial identity in modern America and the legacy of blacks in theater, specifically minstrels. New York Times writer Patrick Healy called Neighbors “one of the most sustained shocks of [the] theater season.”

August: Osage County at Park Square Theatre

Actress Barbara Kingsley gets to finally perform the role for which she was understudy on its Broadway run. As Violet Weston, Kingsley slings barbs at her family which has reunited in the wake of her alcoholic husband’s death. The play was a critical success in New York and has won both Tony and Pulitzer awards.

Reasons to be Pretty by Walking Shadow Theatre Companyat the Guthrie

Playwright Neil LaBute loves to make his audiences squirm, and our quest for beauty has inspired a trilogy of plays from him: The Shape of Things, Fat Pig and now Reasons to be Pretty. In the third and final play, a husband’s off-hand comment sends his marriage into a downward spiral.

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