Threesome.
After its Portland and Seattle productions, Seattle playwright Yussef El Guindi's bedroom storm heads to New York. Courtesy of Portland Center Stage

In about six weeks, Seattle will get to see Yussef El Guindi's new play Threesome, which concerns a hetero Egyptian American couple that is having a little sexual difficulty and invites a young, white American man into the bedroom. (The white American is played by Seattle actor Quinn Franzen, a member of the Satori Group who, I'm given to understand, sets both hetero and homo hearts aflutter.)

Then, as has just been announced, it will bounce directly to an Off-Broadway run at 59E59 Theater in New York with the same cast (Alia Attallah, Franzen, and Dominic Rains in the photo above).

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Seattle has already gotten the chance to see El Guindi's deeply witty, intelligent, and sometimes pained reflections on cross-cultural romance with his Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World, a romantic tragicomedy about a recent Egyptian immigrant who falls for a neurotic white American lady who isn't particularly sensitive about his life and background. (In one of the play's several reversals, we find out he isn't exactly the ideal of sensitivity and honesty, either.) Bizarrely and wonderfully, one of that play's characters is a ghost—a wry friend of Musa's who died in a boating accident while trying to complete the hajj.

Anyway, the point is that El Guindi's new play, Threesome, which just had its world premiere in Portland, is coming to Seattle—enjoy it while you can. El Guindi is one of those artists who has historically gotten more love and attention from other, bigger cities than he has from Seattle.

But that state of affairs is changing.