Everybody Here Says Hello
By Stuart Bousel
Directed by Morgan Ludlow
At the Ballard Underground
September 11, 17,18, 24, 25, 26
Everybody Here Says Hello is a truly funny and amazing show by Pacific Play Company directed by Morgan Ludlow and written by San Francisco native, Stuart Bousel. It is a sexy comedy with feelings, a tight knit cast portraying gay men, straight women, a gender swapped grandma and cock-craving Brit!
Everybody Here Says Hello features the talent of Andy Buffelen who plays Byron, who’s boyfriend Patrick, played by Andrew Opatkiewicz, develops feelings for a beautiful ex-girlfriend of one of Byron’s close friends Toro (Josh Padilla) that he at one time had a sexual encounter with.
Still with me?
The lady in question, Rebecca, is played by the wonderful and talented Erin Ison who took this show to the next level. She flirted and fought her way through this show making it exciting from beginning to end, showing that she’s a powerhouse actor who can tear you down to your core with her honesty and also make you laugh with impeccable timing.
She certainly didn’t do it alone, though.
The cast flexed their muscles playing several parts apiece and amidst the frantic action and quick changes, they pulled off an exciting performance. Katya Landau Josh Padilla, Buddy Todd, Madeleine Delaplane and Campbell Scarborough all deserve credit for their work rapidly warping between strong characters with gravitas and meek characters crippled by insecurities.
Morgan Ludlow not only directed a wonderful show hosted at the Ballard Underground, but he ushered in an exciting new season for his Pacific Play Company. The other repertory show happening at the Ballard Underground every other night is Crime & Rockets featuring the writing of Scotto Moore, Keiko Green, Morgan Ludlow and Juliet Waller Pruzan. Both shows end next weekend so I would suggest getting tickets to both. The next Everybody Here Says Hello performance is this Thursday(24th) and Saturday(26th) at 8:00pm. Crime & Rockets runs Friday(25th) at 8:00pm and Saturday(26th) at 5:00pm.
By Geoff Finney