Mixed Blood Theatre is never shy about prodding and provoking the audience, as it often dives head-first into issues of race, inclusion, and power. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' play burns with nuclear heat, as he digs into American race relations through a 19th-century melodrama about slavery. The presentation made for an uncomfortable evening, as it featured a white actor in red face, a Latino in black face, and a black actor wearing white face. The crude racial politics of the original (considered quite progressive for the 1850s) forced the audience to confront just how far the nation has come over recent decades. None of this would have worked without a tip-top cast, led by William Hodgson playing both a version of Jacobs-Jenkins and the "heroic" white lead in the melodrama. It made your blood boil to watch, but also got stuck in the brain for weeks, hell, months, after the run had ended.