REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Significant Other” Opened with a ShowScore of 84

Show-Score | Mar 3, 2017
“Significant Other,” written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Trip Cullman, opened on March  2, 2017 in New York City. “Significant Other,” written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Trip Cullman, opened on March 2, 2017 in New York City.


42 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 76.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 55
"Though there are plenty of details that identify this brightly performed play as belonging to the immediate present, 'Significant Other' often seems to hail from another era...Despite a thoroughly engaging and interdependent ensemble, which conveys the prickly intimacy of longtime acquaintance, 'Significant Other' ultimately talks too much and too explicitly...The play’s structure can start to feel like a sustained musical vamp with only slight variations."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Gay characters in mass culture often serve as supportive accessories in the marriage plots of others, but Harmon keeps Jordan in sharp, brutally revealing focus...Glick delivers a star-making, gut-wrenching performance of deep sweetness and quicksilver mood shifts...Directed with ideal snap by Trip Cullman...Don’t underestimate the value of a smart new American romantic comedy on Broadway: It’s a rare thing indeed, and worth celebrating."
David Gordon
ShowScore: 95
"As skillfully well done as it was before, with director Trip Cullman once again providing a keen, realistic eye to guide the proceedings...A ferociously hilarious, unbearably sad, and astonishingly relatable portrait of the formative friendships we have in our youth...There's a beautiful realness to 'Significant Other.' It's the rare Broadway production that so expertly captures the painful uncertainty of what life is like at the end of an era."

“Significant Other” was also reviewed by Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Deb Miller of DC Metro Theater Arts, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Elysa Gardner of Entertainment Weekly, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Feldberg of, Linda Winer of Newsday, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater, and Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway.


The show was also reviewed by 260 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 85.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Clever

Jim 8, ShowScore: 91
See it if…"You like relevant comedy writing with great acting. This show is relevant for all relationships and gives a great look at what it means to be gay in today's world.
Don't see it if…"You are more into deep drama." 
JimDM, ShowScore: 92 
See it if…"You've ever felt like the last single person at a party, but also just for a pitch-perfect ensemble in a very funny, lovely play." 
Don't see it if…"You need something that feels deeply serious or thematically grandiose. It's an intimate play that runs like a near-perfect sitcom."
VSG, ShowScore: 59
See it if…"You enjoy time spent with a whiny, puerile, gay white male wallowing about his singleness and his superficial female friends who 'abandon' him as they marry." 
Don't see it if…"You want a deep discussion of loneliness and alienation in contemporary life, and are content to pay Broadway prices for a few funny one liners." 

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