I delayed watching Woolly Mammoth’s first staged production since March 2020 out of a slight fear that after watching Woolly’s superior first made for Zoom production, “This Is Who I Am,” “Hi, Are You Single” would disappoint me. Like most of their productions “Hi, Are You Single” is beyond entertaining, stretched my appreciation abilities, and a production that I am glad I didn’t miss.
Anxiety can have various consequences. “Fear is what kept me from all these men and what keep so many other men away from me,” writer/performer Ryan J. Haddad surmised in the hour-long streaming performance. From the beginning of the play, his journey through dating is fresh and universal, but an expedition that is best for those who see or are prepared to see the humanity in us all.
What makes this journey unique to the stage is that the main character is looking for love, is challenged with a disability, and is gay. People “desexualizes people with disabilities,” he says. Furthermore, when Haddad says that he reveled to his mom that he is gay, she responded, “I’m scared because now you’re different in two ways.”
Not only is the play a good sensitizing performance, it is effortlessly educational. Watchers can learn the meaning of such terms as “Facebook stalking,” and how to use “Grindr,” however, I cannot say every one wants to become familiar with them.