by Joshua Harmon
directed by Trip Cullman
July 17, 2015
💉 out of 5.
I am really not so sure what makes this significant. Significant Others is a play that sets out to explore how hard it is for a twenty-something gay man to find the “one.” For all of his consternating with his grandmother, employing of all social media options and championing of his best girl buddies he simply can’t “get any.” I guess we are supposed to care.
The play does have its funny moments as wedding parties always create a drunken free-for-all. And protagonist Jordan Berkan certainly does fly across the stage in a caffeinated craze – – but I simply didn’t care for him. He seemed so whiny and shallow as he pursued the elusive Abacrombie-like model that did little but stand on a raised platform for admiration.
He did talk to his grandmother, played by the talented Barbara Barrie. She either ask him “how’s your love life? (which she does more then a dozen times) or she is oddly and comfortably planning her suicide. What??
The set was massive – – a series of rooms and levels but none of them got used. Most was played on the apron in front. Why build such a big set and never inhabit it.
Significant Other would undoubtable make good TV. But to get all dressed up, catch 3 trains, pay over $75 and not to have your dog on your lap – – it simply wasn’t worth the trip. It might have even different for the twenty-sowing in the audience but for this fifty-something no.