By Joshua Harmon
Directed by Trip Cullman
Cast: Barbara Barrie, John Behlmann, Sas Goldberg, Gideon Glick, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Lindsay Mendez, Luke Smith
Sets: Mark Wendland
Costumes: Kaye Voyce
Lights: Japhy Weideman
Sound: Daniel Kluger
Choreography: Sam Pinkleton
First Performance February 14, 2017
Opening March 2, 2017
Final Performance April 23, 2017
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Last year, Roundabout Theatre Company gave us the Tony Award-winning hit play, The Humans. And this season, their celebrated, sold-out production of SIGNIFICANT OTHER, from the author of Bad Jews, is coming to Broadway! The New York Times named it a Critics’ Pick and hailed it as, “an absolutely wonderful new play about a young man yearning for a romantic connection as his best friends are transformed into bridezillas, one by one. As richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring.”
People and relationships change. But what if everyone is changing faster than you? Is finding “the one” the only path to happiness? That’s exactly what’s racing through the mind of Jordan Berman as his best friends all find their significant others. Is separation anxiety from your friends normal? At least his grandma isn’t too busy to take his calls.
Don’t miss this fresh new play, marking the exciting Broadway debut of one of America’s most-produced new playwrights, JOSHUA HARMON. It’s a show that’s a lot like life—sometimes absurd, always honest and full of humor.
Ben Brantley – New York Times
You can understand why his friends grow a tad weary listening to his very long and increasingly self-pitying accounts of erotic obsessions and misfired dates. Talking through everything, even if it involves endless reiterations of the same feelings, with your nearest and dearest may be a healthy phenomenon. In the theater, though, there’s much to be said for the power of the unspoken.
Marilyn Stasio – Variety
Poor wallflowers. They’re the ones no one asks to dance, to go to the prom, to get married. The wallflower in “Significant Other,” Joshua Harmon’s bittersweet play about four friends and three marriages, is a gay man (winningly played by Gideon Glick) who goes through all the stages of happiness and hurt when each of his straight girlfriends falls in love and marries.
Jeremy Gerard – Deadline
The latest play to move from the Roundabout’s off-Broadway truck farm to the hard-nose cultural bazaar that is Broadway is Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other, a swan dive into millennial angst that opened last summer at the Laura Pels. Now installed at the intimate Booth Theater, where it opened tonight, the play’s strengths and weaknesses both are cast in brighter relief.
Christopher Kelly – New Jersey
Joshua Harmon’s beautiful play “Significant Other” is the kind of work that deftly sneaks up on you, disarming you with laughter, until it darkens and deepens and then leaves you devastated.
Matthew Murray – Talkin’ Broadway
Can someone who’s truly deprived of joy give it abundantly to others? You have no choice to wonder this while watching Significant Other, the touching and delightful play by Joshua Harmon that just opened at the Booth, and for more reasons than you may expect. Yes, there’s the presence of Jordan Berman, a late-twentysomething gay man, at its center, watching everything he thought he knew about love and friendship fade into the ether. But the terrific actor who plays Jordan, Gideon Glick, imbues him with the kind of warmth, humor, and unsullied pathos that’s all but unheard of among even today’s brightest young stage stars, and all without sacrificing the darkness that makes Jordan so compelling regardless of your gender or sexual orientation.
Linda Winer – Newsday
“Significant Other” is a slick, well-made, funny-sad new Broadway comedy, the kind that doesn’t often get a first-rate commercial production these days. At its soft heart, however, the play is really a 21st century theater throwback to that old song that cried, “Those wedding bells are breaking up that old gang of mine.”
Tim Teeman – The Daily Beast
The play’s peppy (occasionally extremely funny) comedy ill-balances its very dark heart, which—as the final curtain reveals—is really about one man’s terrible isolation. It’s Ibsen meets Will and Grace, but—as that show’s Jack might screech—“in a bad way.”
Robert Hofler – The Wrap
“Significant Other” begins as a gay “40-Year-Old Virgin” and ends up a gay “Bridesmaids.” That’s not necessarily a negative thing to say about Joshua Harmon’s new comedy, which opened Thursday at Broadway’s Booth Theatre. The show never feels derivative, even though you might get the impression you’ve seen this distraught hero before through a different prism in an alternate universe.
David Rooney – The Hollywood Reporter
Early in Significant Other, a lovely, bittersweet comedy about romantic yearning, the young gay central character, Jordan Berman, has a hypothetical discussion with his best gal pal about the ideal cheesy wedding song, which guests in the know would realize is intended ironically. Mariah? Celine? Whitney? “Whitney. Is not. Ironic,” he states emphatically, with a seriousness that extends to his own frustrated dreams of finding the perfect happily-ever-after union. Meanwhile, chronic wedding fatigue has entered his bloodstream, throwing Jordan’s encroaching loneliness into stark relief as his female college friends waltz down the aisle one by one.
Elysa Gardner – EW
The play in question here, Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other, which opened March 2 at Broadway’s Booth Theatre, hardly announces this agenda or any other lofty ambitions. Introduced off-Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company, which had earlier produced Harmon’s caustically funny Bad Jews, it follows Jordan Berman, a romantically challenged New Yorker in his late 20s, and his all-female posse of friends as the ladies, one by one, find the love that eludes him. The action begins at a bachelorette party and ends at a wedding; in between, Jordan, played by Gideon Glick (an alum of Broadway’s original Spring Awakening), nurtures a hopeless obsession with the office hunk, sees a somewhat more realistic prospect fall through, and fields his grandmother’s anxious queries about his social life.