SIGNIFICANT OTHER

BY JOSHUA HARMON

 

1 – 26 JUNE 2021

 

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

 

“You’ll have a husband, children…I won’t even come close. And I shouldn’t. I wouldn’t want to. It’s just…your wedding is my funeral…”

Jordan Berman is young, single, Jewish, and gay. He lives in New York, has a good job, a great apartment and a fabulous trio of best girlfriends. Only one thing is missing from his life.

Being a romantic dreamer, Jordan develops a crush on cute co-worker Will, obsessing over every little detail: his shoulders, his sneakers, the way he sips his coffee. This leads to a ‘first date’ of excruciating awkwardness and then the slow realization that his feelings aren’t reciprocated. Another date turns out to still be recovering from a break-up. Another isn’t interested in anything ‘long term’.

As one by one his posse of gal-pals find love, and life becomes a whirl of wedding showers, bachelorette parties and marriage ceremonies, Jordan starts to fear he’s running out of time.

Despite the wisdom imparted by his grandmother Helene, who tries to explain that he’s merely stuck in a bad chapter in a long book, Jordan isn’t convinced that his story is moving inexorably towards ‘happy ever after’ with his prince.

Though full of laughs and wise-cracking, whip-smart repartee, Harmon’s play is also a clear-eyed, unsentimental look at what happens to friendships when people start to pair off, and the profound loneliness of being single when all you desire is a soulmate.

“Hilarious and poignant, sharp and insightful” Hollywood Reporter

Creative team

Director Hayden Tonazzi
Set Designer Hamish Elliott
Lighting Designer Morgan Moroney
Costume Designer Kate Beere
Sound Designer Aron Murray
Music Supervisor Oliver Beard
Vocal Coach Laura Farrell
Assistant Director Sophia Bryant
Production Manager John Short
Stage Manager Lillian Lee
ASM Louie Walsh

 

Cast

Matthew McDonald, Laura McInnes
Dominique Purdue, Tom Rodgers
Helen Tonkin, Isabella Williams

 

dates & times

Preview: Tue 1 Jun 7:30pm
Press Night/Opening Night: Wed 2 Jun 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm

Sunday 5pm
Final performance: Sat 26 Jun 2pm

Running time 95 minutes, no interval

tickets

Full $35
Concession, Group (6+) $30
New Theatre Member $22
Thrifty Thursday $22
Preview $20

Please note: New Theatre is a general admission theatre and seat selection is done on a first-come-first-serve basis. As per NSW Public Health COVID-19 guidelines, we now running at 100% capacity (148 patrons) and face masks are optional, but recommended. If you have any concerns, please contact our Theatre Manager manager@newtheatre.org.au

★★★½ “A spiky dark comedy about our worst anxieties…the laughs flow easily and the heart holds true…Director Hayden Tonazzi’s steady hand at the play’s centre makes space for bravely funny performances…It’s refreshing to see a play that feels in conversation with a contemporary experience of growing older alone; it’s wonderful to laugh often and freely and still feel involved in the story. This one’s a charmer.”  Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ “New Theatre is on a hot streak of quality presentations this year. Significant Other continues the trend…Salvos of tart observation and whip-smart repartee…Generates a lot of laughs but several in the audience were smiling through tears at the end…A great-looking, sharply paced production.” Audrey Journal

“A production of quality…Highly recommended for lots of laughs, great direction and terrific performances.”  Reviews by Judith 

“Hayden Tonazzi’s direction is honest and well-balanced, allowing the heartbreak equal weighting to the humour and fun…Set design by Hamish Elliott is inventive and integrated Morgan Moroney’s neon lighting design well, the modernist aesthetic added a sharp and cool edge to the production…The six person cast does some heavy lifting to construct three love stories and a friendship group with a rich history.”  Night Writes

★★★★ “A uniquely honest reflection of a modern conundrum…There’s a wonderful on-stage repartee, delivered by a cast strong enough to create a chemistry that doesn’t feel at all contrived…Jordan’s exaggerated neurosis roots the character in a place of comedy until that lightness becomes dark. It’s possibly one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever seen on a Sydney stage, a credit to both writer and performer (Tom Rodgers)…A witty, gently poignant play.” Sydney Sentinel 

★★★½ “A great deal of laugh out loud moments as well as deeply touching moments of poignancy inspiring heartfelt empathy…This production captures well the essence of what it feels like when everyone around you seems to be moving on and you end up feeling very much alone.”  Theatre Thoughts 

“From the set, to the script, to the wonderful performances, this show is absolutely beautiful…A tremendous congratulations to all involved – I recommend everyone in Sydney attend. Especially if you’re queer, or ever considered the prospect of a life alone. You’ll laugh, you’ll probably cry a little, and you’ll definitely see yourself on this stage.”  Theatre Travels 

“Relatable, heartfelt…A polished, poignant piece of writing…As dark as the play’s subject is, it also has plenty of humour and colour.” Sydney Arts Guide

“What a coup for the New to have snapped up the Australian premiere of Significant Other – a beautifully written play that takes a different, deeper look at the complex relationship between gay men and the women who love them … and what happens when those friendships change…Design wise, this production is clever, upbeat, and totally professional. As is the direction and the acting…No one could have handled this play more faithfully than director Hayden Tonazzi and his cast and crew.”  Stage Whispers

 

 

By Arrangement with ORiGiN™ Theatrical
On Behalf of Samuel French
A Concord Theatricals Company

Main image: © luckyraccoon/Shutterstock

Production images: © Bob Seary