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
Vocal Coach Laura Farrell
Assistant Director Sophia Bryant
Production Manager John Short

 

Cast

Matthew McDonald, Laura McInnes
Ryan Panizza, Dominique Purdue
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 to be advised

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 75% capacity (112 patrons). Where possible, we will endeavour to socially distance audience members and groups one seat apart, however with fuller houses, you may need to sit next to others. Face masks are not mandatory but strongly recommended. If you have any concerns, please contact our Theatre Manager manager@newtheatre.org.au

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