Significant Other, written by Joshua Harmon, is playing at the Booth Theater for another week. For a small play that started at the Roundabout Theatre Company and made its way to Broadway following a popular run, this is a play that’s definitely worth seeing. As Harmon’s follow-up to Bad Jews, the play is a funny romantic comedy that revolves around three weddings and a funeral (literally). Jordan, played by Gideon Glick, plays the male lead, surrounded by mainly a cast of women. He’s a gay, young, successful guy trying to find his way, while he feels the world is speeding along at a pace faster than light and he’s just trying to keep up.
The play has a touch of happiness and sadness, as it deals with the harsh realities of growing up, particularly while living in New York City, where everything is exciting yet harder at the same time. The plot deals with relationships, work crushes, watching people get older (in this case Jordan’s grandmother played exquisitely by Barbara Barrie (who has been in just about every show I’ve ever seen and loved from L.A. Law to Once and Again to Nurse Jackie), break-up’s, social media (selfies, sending emails too quickly to people revealing our innermost feelings) and the dynamics that evolve between best friends while in the throes of growing up. The trio of women is played by Sas Simon, Lindsay Mendez and Rebecca Naomi Jones. John Behlmann and Luke Smith round out the cast. Sas Simon was actually in a small play I worked on a few years ago called The Best of Everything and she is just as terrific now playing Kiki in Significant Other as she was then.
I found myself relating to so much of the story, remembering my own time as a 20-something working and living in New York City and dealing with so many of the same scenarios: dating, wanting the other person to like me as I liked them, writing mushy notes to boyfriends via email only to regret it the next day, feeling as though my friends were moving so much further along in their romantic relationships than me, talking bluntly about sex, embracing these friendships and embracing life. Looking back now, I wish I had done more of that embracing in the 1990’s while I was young and everything truly was possible.
The best part of the play is the friendship the four main actors have. They laugh together, cry together, dance it out together and dish out advice on Jordan’s relationships. They are his greatest support in life, and he is lucky to have them. There’s a lot of talking, and a lot of feeling. That’s the overall premise of this play.
If you can find time and can get a pair of tickets to Significant Other before it closes on April 23rd, do it.
Disclosure: I was provided with tickets to facilitate this review but all opinions are my own.