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Significant Other

Members say: Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant
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The comedic and heart-wrenching off-Broadway hit transfers to Broadway. Make a date with Jordan (Gideon Glick) as he navigates friendship and courtship as a terminal single in New York City

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All of Jordan Berman’s best friends are setting a date…and he can’t even get one. Now when he needs brunch plans, emergency dating advice, or just someone to commiserate and eat carbs with, he has to compete for attention with their new significant others. Of course he’s so happy for them, but Jordan is struggling to keep up with how fast everyone else is changing. Starring most of the original Off-Broadway cast.

 


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Reviews (650)

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74
Avg Score

55
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

"The combination of Harmon's script, which nicely glides between hip humor and touching explorations of loneliness, and the leading performance of Glick - tousled, empathetic and cheerfully witty - might be enough to turn the most cynical soul into a hopeless romantic...There's a noticeably new spark in director Cullman's production, that neatly glides from effervescent to emotionally raw...'Significant Other' is a significant contribution to this Broadway season." Full Review

85
Variety

"Cullman repeats his directorial chores with the same insouciant ease while his collaborators make some smart adjustments for the larger Broadway house. Playwright Harmon strikes the perfect balance between comedy and pathos — with the emphasis on comedy...The wonder of his humor is that, while it reflects a youthful sensibility, his clever jokes appeal to all ages...Harmon is that kind of playwright: He makes you laugh, he makes you laugh harder, and then he makes you choke." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

95
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

60
New York Magazine / Vulture

"Although Joshua Harmon’s sour comedy has many fine supporting qualities — wit, a neat structure, lacerating dialogue, and a clutch of terrific performances from a cast led by Gideon Glick — they don’t have very much to support...Director Trip Cullman has tightened the staging tremendously, vanishing the dead spots...Despite all the tightening, and all the emotion, 'Significant Other' is still a lot like one of those rituals: a happy occasion, somehow, yet loud, tiresome, and overlong." Full Review

85
The Huffington Post

"A friendly, rollicking, sweet and altogether delectable comedy for today...'Significant Other' is as warm and friendly and lovable as a short-legged, long-eared puppy, and Gideon Glick is just as cuddly...Director Trip Cullman makes a delayed but assured Broadway bow...Mix Harmon’s warm-hearted script with Glick’s superb performance and the artfully flavorful assistance of Mendez and Barrie, and you’ve got an exceedingly winning Broadway comedy." Full Review

80
New York Theater

"If the basic plot were the sum total of 'Significant Other,' it would be easier to dismiss as thin, repetitive and self-pitying. But what 'Significant Other' has going for it is significant, especially some very funny moments and a supremely winning cast...Glick invests the role with just the right notes of comic awkwardness, energy, and warmth, accompanied by a consistent underscoring of melancholy. He makes his character both adorable and irritating." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Everything about 'Significant Other' is off and deeply confusing...Harmon seems to believe this is a comic drama with something searing to say about the pain of loneliness in the modern world. But because Jordan isn’t just a normal guy with normal hang-ups who is unlucky in love or hasn’t met the right fellow yet, he’s unrelatable...The fault here begins and ends with the playwright...On the bright side, Cullman has honed the cast to fine effect." Full Review

60
Theatre's Leiter Side

"Much of the acting, both the highly lauded Glick's and that of the actresses, all of it highly polished, is pushed to unnecessarily energy-consuming extremes, making every moment seem like a this-is-about-me bit where I get to show how charmingly funny or dramatic I can be...Everything about 'Significant Other' has about it a been-there, done-that feeling, reminding us of TV shows, movies, and other plays with similar characters, situations, and dialogue." Full Review

90
The Hollywood Reporter

"Under playwright Joshua Harmon's compassionate gaze, that potentially mopey, extended sitcom scenario becomes by turns hilarious and poignant, delivering a relatable contemporary take on the old-fashioned theme of waiting with increasing impatience for Mr. Right...A big part of what prevents this delightful play from turning either trite or maudlin is the wonderful performance of Gideon Glick...'Significant Other' is consistently pleasurable, funny-sad entertainment." Full Review

65
The Wall Street Journal

""All this is the stuff of light entertainment...and 'Significant Other' aspires to nothing more for roughly three-quarters of its length...Halfway through the second act, it suddenly metamorphoses into a different play...The cliché tap is shut off and every character becomes touchingly real, the way they should have been all along...Even when he’s being slick and safe, Mr. Harmon knows how to put a script together, and Trip Cullman, the director, has gotten the most out of what’s there." Full Review

80
AM New York

"On second viewing, I can appreciate it as a fully developed portrait of a shy, sensitive and self-effacing young man confronting social pressure and his own emotional needs. There is a constant fluidity to Trip Cullman’s production, which bounces between short scenes using a tall set that evokes workplace, club and home settings and precise lighting changes. Glick is so adorable and vulnerable that you feel compelled to jump onstage, give him a hug and find him a date." Full Review

90
Talkin' Broadway

"A touching and delightful play...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...Although Harmon has painstakingly chiseled Jordan, he's accomplished no less with the other characters...With all the brilliance at work here, 'Significant Other' passes briskly." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"Hilarity comes from spry, occasionally crude one-liners showcased to the max by the fine cast as well as Trip Cullman’s deft direction...The annoying part? Contrivances, cartoonishness and the play’s retro sensibility. Why no same-sex nuptials? And peripheral gays are either 'Hey girl' dopes or pining mopes...Glick gives a stellar performance, but self-loathing Jordan gets the pity party he deserves." Full Review

70
Deadline

"The latest play to move from the Roundabout’s off-Broadway truck farm to...Broadway...The play’s strengths and weaknesses both are cast in brighter relief...'Significant Other' is more sensitively drawn than his acrid comedy 'Bad Jews,' though they share a certain glibness and a maddening disconnect from any world outside their own hearts...One of the finer things about 'Significant Other' is that it has in store for us a surprise ending that feels organic, and sad, and true." Full Review

85
CurtainUp

"Harmon once again proved himself to be a wonderful wordsmith and astute chronicler of the quandaries faced by the contemporary young adults...Basically this is an old-fashioned romantic comedy, but with newfangled details and a leading character who's gay...This is a virtuoso performance by Glick. He's on stage throughout, balancing self-absorption and immaturity with vulnerability and charm...Staged with great imagination and style by Trip Cullman." Full Review

85
Front Row Center

"I laughed, I cried, I stood on my feet clapping. And coming from me, that’s actually high praise...While the entire cast is wonderful (kudos to Luke Smith and John Behlmann for each playing three completely different characters so distinctly), Gideon Glick knocks it out of the park. He made Jordan so relatable to everyone in the audience...His performance in the final scene, Laura’s wedding, where I swear I saw unshed tears in his eyes, had me shedding them." Full Review

70
Newsday

"A slick, well-made, funny-sad new Broadway comedy, the kind that doesn’t often get a first-rate commercial production these days...Cullman draws smart, entertaining performances...What lulls us into the comfort of a good-natured, finely crafted party-play has a serious core of loneliness, which is lovely. In the very center of that core, however, are characters with no life...I question whether this is the way things are right now. If so, this could be the saddest comedy I’ve ever seen." Full Review

55
TheaterScene.net

“Unsuccessfully blending comedy and drama, ‘Significant Other’ is a sullen though fitfully compelling take on contemporary romantic life in New York City…It’s well constructed, the dialogue is snappy and filled with some funny one-liners…Moderately entertaining, it attempts to explore a prevalent societal issue, but is undermined by its off-putting main character and its rarified sensibility...An excellent production that cannot compensate for its problematic core." Full Review

55
The Wrap

"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...How much real despair you see in this 29-year-old’s situation may depend on whether you’re closer in age to Jordan or Grandma...A more stoic ending would be preferred. Tears are for audiences, not leading men, regardless of their character’s sexual orientation." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"Trip Cullman directs these proceedings with laser-like precision, getting every laugh out of Harmon’s sharp-witted yet consistently truthful script...Cullman is to be equally commended for guiding all of his actors so well. But the highest praise goes to Glick, who delivers a truly all-out, no-holds-barred performance, both emotionally and physically, that should be remembered come Tony Awards time. It’s that significant." Full Review

75
NorthJersey.com

"Seeing it on Broadway, my feelings about the character, Jordan, had changed. I liked him, and the play, a lot better...Fluidly directed by Trip Cullman...Harmon is a very talented, humane playwright with a sharp eye and ear for the foibles of youth. But I think what made me appreciate his play more this time around was the deepening of Glick’s performance...Jordan still has his annoying qualities, but they’re embedded in a recognizable humanness." Full Review

80
WNBC

"An endearing romantic comedy...Glick has fully realized his character...One word for this performance? Relatable...Barrie’s earning deserved accolades for this role, and it’s because of her unsaccharine performance...These actors have had time to steep in their roles, something we see manifest in silly, spastic, surprisingly well-choreographed dance sequences at assorted bachelorette parties. The piece ends in a sincere fashion." Full Review

80
CitiTour

"Harmon doesn’t settle for familiar problems or solutions. Instead, he delves thoroughly into Jordan’s troubled psyche to reveal a young man sinking from heartbreak...The strength of 'Significant Other' lies in Harmon’s willingness to explore all these possibilities without forcing a definitive conclusion on his audience. Harmon and director Cullman are blessed to have an actor as versatile and gifted as Glick playing Jordan...He can be fun and lively as well as lonely and desperate." Full Review

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83
Avg Score

97
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you are looking for a very "current" show. The show is very relevant to anyone who has come of age and has been heart sick

Don't see it if you are looking for an old fashioned type of show. This play is very current and differently done.

90
Emotional, Sensitive, Solid performances, Room for laughter

See it if Friendship, love relationships, support, growing up. How do friendships fair when :relationships: appear? straight or gay, same issues.

Don't see it if You want more action than talk about friendship, gay life is not of concern.

80
Funny, Absorbing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like comedies that are also serious and thought provoking. Beautifully acted and staged.

Don't see it if You don't like plays dealing with relationships and finding love.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if If you like dramedies about ones partnership status. Like cleaver dialogue and good acting. Contemporary themes

Don't see it if You don't think being single at a wedding is the worst thing ever. If you don't like to see big flaws in the choices of your main character

82
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy a single, young gay man who hungers for love as friends are getting married and settling down. Gideon Glick is charming.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to go along for the ride as the main character struggles with relationships amidst brutally honest friends and relatives.

95
Intense, Quirky, Resonant, Shattering, Darkly humorous

See it if you're between late teens and late twenties/early thirties, love your friends more than anything else in the world, or struggle romantically

Don't see it if you are concerned by really dark humor, don't understand the modern dating struggle, or are expecting a typical Broadway play

80
Combo of will and grace, bridesmaids, and thirtysomething from the 90's

See it if If you are interested in an ensemble cast & plot about friendships and how they evolve/arrest as people begin to get married and reproduce

Don't see it if It had some funny moments and some drama... my overall takeaway was that it was a nice change from the standard Broadway storylines

77
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if it's a witty and occasionally touching show about commitment and the difficulties of finding love.

Don't see it if the women are near-caricatures, and the protagonist is self-pitying.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you have a pulse. This heart-breaking & very funny script will keep you talking for days. DO NOT see it alone. G Glick deserves a Tony nod.

Don't see it if big iconic musicals or old classic plays are your thing. It's warm, touching, refreshing - albeit a bit millennial - but totally relevant.

77
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Overrated, Slow

See it if Want to see a talented ensemble in a production about various types of relationships that will have you feeling a whole host of emotions.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional musical, or if you are not interested in a play about friendships/relationships.

90
Entertaining, Thoughtful, Modern, Comedic, Dark undertones

See it if seeking a contemporary drama rooted in the lives of 20-to-30-somethings, their loves, hardships, and personal lives. The cast feels natural.

Don't see it if you want a classic, thought-provoking drama that'll leave you on the edge of your seat. There are dark-comedy moments (suicide/depression).

Also Significant Other surprised me. I went into the show expecting a light... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Clever, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to feel someone's drama based on someone's happiness

Don't see it if You don't like gays

96
Clever, Delightful, Must see, Profound, Hilarious

See it if you are a human with feelings

Don't see it if you can't go in the next 2 days because it's closing :(

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You would like to watch a show about friendships, and how marriage challenges them.

Don't see it if You are homophobic or you are single. The first half is hilarious, and the second half is sad.

100
Great acting, Refreshing, Resonant, Riveting, Hilarious

See it if you're a 20 or 30-something dealing with relationships in this town and want to see how you're not alone.

Don't see it if you're of a different generation and are turned off by fresh tales of youth

89
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy human interaction and the exploration of loneliness and growing up.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy snarky humor and adorable dance scenes.

95
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you like plays that are resonant and relatable to the human experience.

Don't see it if you want a large-scale spectacle or something classic.

85
Funny, Delightful, Profound, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a master class in acting from Gideon Glick. The play is funny and emotional, especially as it discusses growing up.

Don't see it if You don't have a beating heart.

86
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you are in the mood for something very different from your theater going experiences. You will thank me after.

Don't see it if you are a homophobe.

Also The lead character is WONDERFULLY neurotic and hopelessly lead on by t... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You're interested in contemporary themes such as gay love and what happens when all of our friends start getting married

Don't see it if You're offended by crude dialogue, if you dislike contemporary plays, or if you want a show that will leave you feeling uplifted

Also This show hit super close to home for me but I loved every minute of i... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You've ever felt alone, stuck, or like everyone else's lives are taking off except yours. You want to see a beautiful performance by Glick.

Don't see it if You don't like foul language or conversations about sex.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Resonant

See it if You have ever been someone young and in love. Particularly a "millennial."

Don't see it if You don't like plays directed at the younger generation.

82
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy well written, well played dramedy by an excellent cast.

Don't see it if you dislike plays with a bit of humor based on modern life situations of young adults.

50
Cliched, Insipid, Overrated, Slow, Well-acted

See it if you can't get enough of Will & Grace; you want to see some fine performances by a cast doing their best to elevate pretty shallow material.

Don't see it if you seek something better than a 2nd-rate gay sitcom with a few chuckles and nothing new to say about modern relationships.

92
Delightful, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Heartbreaking

See it if you want to have a show that will make you laugh your ass off and rip your heart out! The best of both worlds--but honestly it's amazing!!

Don't see it if you want purely a comedy or drama; this is definitely a mix of the two