'Significant Other' a funny comedy about a gay man left, and left again, at the altar

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:32:55 AM. REVIEW: 'Significant Other' by About Face and Theater Wit is Joshua Harmon's very funny comedy about a gay man with married friends, a great night-out play on Belmont Avenue. (3 stars)
“Your wedding,” observes the central character in the Broadway comedy “Significant Other,” “is my funeral.” You may know the feeling: Your best friend ties the knot with someone she or he knows nowhere near as well as you and — poof! — that special intimacy the two of you long have enjoyed vanishes in a world of courtship, then marriage and then kids, and then death by suburb. Sure, you can meet for coffee and pretend nothing has changed. But you know that’s a lie. You’re long-term toast. Joshua Harmon’s “Significant Other," now in its first Chicago production at Theater Wit under the lively direction of Keira Fromm, is a black comedy about a painful transition that hits many of us urbanites in our late 20s or early 30s and goes a long way toward explaining why weddings can be such fraught affairs for anyone stuck in a tux or matching crinoline. In this particular case, Jordan (Alex Weisman) happens to be a gay man — staring down the apocalypse that is 30 — with three very close female friends, Kiki (Cassidy Slaughter-Mason), Vanessa (Tiffany Oglesby) and, especially, Laura (Amanda Drinkall). Each bestie heads to the altar in turn, even as their beloved, goofy, gay pal struggles to find a love of his own, growing grumpier with every disappearing ally. Jordan’s only abiding soul mate is his grandmother (beautifully played by Ann Whitney), but that requires listening to stories more than once. Harmon (who also wrote “Bad Jews”) is a very funny and caustic writer who specializes...Read more
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