|photo by Sally Cade Holmes|
It takes great talent to lift an average text and turn it into something wonderful. Director Laura Savia did just that. Savia guided Haddad through his script, helping him dive into a range of emotions. The trust between the two was evident on stage. It was clear that Savia challenged Haddad, pulling out a winning performance. From a production standpoint, Savia and lighting designer Isabella F. Byrd easily jumped from story to story, gay bar to gay bar in a manner that suited Haddad. With the gay bar music extravaganza as the soundtrack, the world of Haddad’s play was present with just a table, futon, flashy lights, and thumping bass.
No matter who you are or where you are in your life, Hi, Are You Single? Will most certainly hit you. Ryan J. Haddad’s performance is something special and something you should seek out. And don’t worry if you missed it, Haddad and Hi, Are You Single? will be back. It’s necessary.