"We’ve been breaking records show after show in the last year," wrote Don Eitel, managing director at Mu Performing Arts, in an e-mail.

"Yellow Face," David Henry Hwang’s autobiographical take on identity, sold 91 percent capacity over a three-week run at the Guthrie Studio. Eitel said sales topped $45,000 on approximately 2,200 tickets. That made the show the highest grossing nonmusical for Mu. Last summer, Mu’s production of "Flower Drum Song" drew about 2,500 to the Ordway’s McKnight Theater, with receipts of $50,000.

"Flower" was a Hwang adaptation of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, which makes one wonder how often Mu’s artistic director Rick Shiomi can go to the well with his old playwright friend.

A few people had told me that "Yellow Face" put them to sleep so I went last Thursday with an escape plan for intermission. Didn’t need it because the evening was constantly interesting. Randy Reyes, Matt Rein and Kurt Kwan did terrific work as the three main characters in Hwang’s story about how affected he was by leading a protest against the casting of British actor Jonathan Pryce as a Eurasian character in the 1991 Broadway production of "Miss Saigon." Hwang’s script is untidy, sprawling and self indulgent, but full of trenchant ideas on what constitutes identity — specifically Hwang’s understanding of himself as an American of Asian extraction.

Mu gets on a personal path again when it opens "Becoming," on April 9 at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul. Iris Shiraishi wrote the script about her journey from a Hawaiian childhood to her current work as a taiko artist with Mu. Zaraawar Mistry directs.