An Octoroon

Th 7 pm, F 8 p, Sa, 2pn. and 8 pm, Su, 2 pm, W 7 pm. Through 10/1. $28-$40. Capital Stage, 2215 J Street, (916) 995-5464;
Rated 4.0

This post-modern reworking of a 19th century melodrama has all the necessary elements of a melodrama with a very modern, often offensive dialogue that will have audiences, both black and white, surprised at what makes them laugh. An inspired cast makes this a memorable, if not always comfortable play. B.S.