Sam Shikaze (Gregory Yang) and his partner Jonathan Webster (Brian Joyce) have offices in the New World hotel, which is in danger of being bought out by a wealthy developer. Roderic Alexander (Joe Allen) wants to tear down Powell Street for development, destroying the Japanese-Canadian neighborhood, which already took a blow from the internment camps of WWII, in which 90% of Japanese Canadians were incarcerated (for more on that, read the great dramaturgical notes in the program, and online). Alexander the last person Sam expects to see show up on his doorstop, but he does, and asks for Sam's help finding his missing Japanese wife Yumiko (Anna Hashizume). Sam reluctantly agrees to take the case, but soon finds out that this is not just a simple missing persons case. Yumiko visits Sam and tells him she doesn't want to be found, but works with him while in hiding to get to the bottom of a mysterious fire and some missing money. Sam's frenemy Detective Kadota (Keivin Van) also gets involved, as does his friend Rosie (Alice McGlave) who runs the neighborhood cafe. In solving the case (which ends in an intense battle of guns and wits) Sam and Yumiko form a connection, but she's moving on, and Sam's staying on Powell Street to continue in his work.
|Sam (Gregory Yang) and Yumiko (Anna Hashizume)
(photo courtesy of Full Circle)
(Re)visit the intriguing and amusing noir world of Japanese-Canadian private eye Sam Shikaze at Park Square Theater in downtown St. Paul through November 6.