Hugo House's 'Sex in Seattle' is soapy fun

The short but delightfully entertaining 17th installment of "Sex in Seattle" playing at the Hugo House, doesn't completely answer the questions that have been on your mind since last year's episode--like who's the father of Jenna's baby--but they're getting closer.

Don't worry if you haven't seen the first 16 episodes. At the beginning of the show, the characters do brief re-enactments of the major plot points of the previous performances, or episodes, to bring you up to speed. But before you head to the theater, here's a brief summary of what you need to know:

Tess is juggling Nathan and Colin, both of whom want a relationship. But Tess is happy with her single life, and reluctant to give it up.

A pregnant Jenna wonders which of the three men in her life (Adam, Nathan or Colin) is the father of her baby. Luckily (or unluckily?) for her, they're all eager to be the daddy. But who does Jenna want it to be? That's a juicy question that is left open at play's end.

Another character in the mix, Elizabeth, still doesn't know that her cyber boyfriend, whom she thinks is her soul mate, is neither her husband Harold nor her high school boyfriend Kenneth but rather Kenneth's best friend, George.

The show opens with the first of several videos setting up a b-storyline of heavenly spirits attempting to guide our characters into finally coming clean with themselves and each other. The videos lead to a couple of funny moments but mostly feel like a distraction from the far more interesting live action on stage.

"Sex in Seattle" moves quickly and deftly maneuvers between drama and lighthearted comedy. Highlights include a disco dream sequence with some fierce dancing, and the loveable, slightly inept George, psyching himself up for a big date.

Sex in Seattle is written by Kathy Hsieh and produced by Lorna Chin, Kathy Hsieh and Roger Tang. This episode is directed by ShawnJ West, one of the co-creators of the series. Sex in Seattle 17: Coming Clean are performed at 8 and 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 17. at the Richard Hugo House at 1634 11th Ave. For tickets and more information, visit

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