This year's collection of staged readings of new works under the auspices of History Theatre offers unique appeal for those who prefer their plays rendered with the ink barely dry. The series continues tonight with Queens of Burlesque by David Mann, a comedic look at the 1950s Minneapolis burlesque scene. On Saturday there's Doris Baizley's Sister Kenny, the story of Sister Elizabeth Kenny's pioneering physical-therapy approach that saved thousands from the crippling effects of polio, then the series closes out Sunday with Dudley, a look at the life and times of Brave New Workshop pioneer Dudley Riggs. There's a certain thrill to these kind of readings, a sense of being privy to the act of creation, as well as looking back on what made Minnesota what it is.
Wednesdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. Starts: Nov. 5. Continues through Nov. 8, 2008