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Significant Other - 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 a cute co-worker, 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 towards ‘happy ever after’ with his prince. Though full of laughs and wise-cracking, whip-smart repartee, Significant Other 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. New Theatre is thrilled to be presenting the Australian premiere of this delightful contemporary queer rom-com, from one of America's most acclaimed young playwrights, Joshua Harmon, and to welcome director Hayden Tonazzi to take the helm in his New Theatre debut. The cast and creative team Hayden has assembled consist some of the most exciting young talents coming out of drama schools, including NIDA (Lighting Designer Morgan Moroney, returning to New Theatre after working on This Bitter Earth, and actor Matthew McDonald making his New Theatre debut), Actors Centre Australia (Isabella Williams and Laura McInnes, both working here for the first time) and the Academy of Film, Theatre & Television (Asian-Australian actor Dominique Purdue, back at New Theatre after her appearance in Collaborators). Combine these emerging talents with one of Sydney's most respected and seasoned performers in Helen Tonkin (who is also a director, including the Sydney Theatre Award multi-nominated production of Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem, and serves as New Theatre's Artistic Associate), and we have a really exciting team. Season: 1 - 26 June. Days/times: Preview Tue 1 June 7:30pm. Press Night Wed 2 June 7:30pm Thu - Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm. Final performance Sat 26 June 2pm. Ticket prices: Full $35, Concession, Groups (6+) $30, Thrifty Thursdays $22, Preview $20 Bookings: https://aunewtheatre.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/9531