Archive for April 2011


Welcome to my blog where you’ll see short reviews of Seattle art exhibits and theatre productions, as well as occasional commentary on other cultural offerings in Seattle.Perhaps you’ve already seen my arts and theatre reviews in print. I’ve been a freelance critic in Seattle for many years, first with the “Queen Anne and Magnolia News” and then with “The Seattle Times” for which I still write. This blog is associated with neither paper. It is a completely independent offering where the views represent my thinking alone.

The blog is a response to the vibrant cultural community here in Seattle and the decreasing ability of print journals to cover everything there is to see. From the biggest theatres to the tiniest venues there are always plays in Seattle worth seeing as there are art exhibitions both in museums and galleries. The more blogs there are, the more likely it is that people will learn about what they might really enjoy.

It won’t be possible for me to cover everything, and some of what I cover will be the same as that covered in Seattle’s print media. So this blog will be still another voice against which you can weigh your own judgments. Most important will be my role as critic of the presentations that you might not otherwise hear about. I look forward to your thoughts about what Seattleites ought to be seeing. Join me!

“The One That Got Away” by SIS Productions at Hugo House

Ah! To be young and in love… well actually it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. In episode 19 of SIS’s Sex in Seattle saga, our ever-confused-about-love men and women seem somewhat settled, but in reality most of them are more mixed than ever. But this is as it should be, and that’s the fun of this ongoing series.

Nine friends (four women, five men) are doing a love square dance, only all too often the caller yells “Change partners” and they do. But not without angst, questioning, and hand wringing. These Asian American women run the gamut from virginal to extraordinarily sexual. Their male partners are remarkably adept at adjusting. And neither they nor we know exactly how it will all end, but stay tuned, the final episode is promised for 2012. Meanwhile this one stands on its own.

One of the aims of SIS is to portray Asian Americans in a manner that reflects both their diversity and their unique place as both Asians and Americans. This series reflects diversity in sexual needs and expectations, but these appear to be more universal differences than ones specific to Asian Americans. Be that as it may, this production is funny, fast moving, and nicely acted by a lovely cast of Asian American women and their Asian, white and mixed race male friends and lovers.

Through April 30 at Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. ( also