On Broadway at the Booth Theatre
Jordan Berman (Gideon Glick) is nearing 30 years old. He’s gay, adorable, with a wordiness that borders on annoying. He can’t seem to find a boyfriend, and spends the majority of time with his three best girlfriends, Kiki (Sas Goldberg), Vanessa (Rebecca Naomi Jones) and Laura (Lindsay Mendez). Jordan finds himself slipping in and out of a fantasy world. He becomes obsessed with a new guy at work, Will (John Behlmann) even though there is no evidence that Will is gay, and he most likely is not. Jordan gets Will to join him for a movie, but rather than be direct with the guy, he bounces every detail of conversation, body language, and texts off the girls to get their opinion on how they think it’s going. The girls counsel him, with cautious optimism but when he goes all out 'cray' in an email to Will professing his feelings, the girls plead with him not to hit the send button. You all know where this is going (sound of glass shattering).
In further complication of Jordan’s life, his girlfriend’s one by one begin find relationships, love, and marriage. Jordan begins to feel more alone as he attends bachelorette parties, and weddings with Laura (the last holdout) as his usual date and it’s only a matter of time before Laura too joins the rest, and just what is Jordan going to do?
In between bachelorette parties and weddings, Jordan has sweet, meaningful and funny encounters with his grandmother Helene (Barbara Barrie) She is struggling with both hearing and memory loss, and they go through a similar routine at every visit. In one touching moment when Jordan is feeling particularly hopeless, she tells him that ‘his book is a very long book, and that he’s in a long chapter’. The words inspire hope for both, because the grandmother is also struggling with her own mortality.
This is a full-on dramedy with Gideon Glick totally stealing the show. Your heart will break for his character while you will simultaneously want to slap some sense into him. He delivers many tremendous emotionally driven and comical monologues and it’s nothing short of brilliant. The girls add great color and comic edge, as do the bursts of popular music and special lighting effects that at will make you feel like you are back at Studio 54. This wonderful new play by Joshua Harmon comes to Broadway after a sold out Off-Broadway run and should not be missed. The art of soliloquy is alive and well at the Booth. For tickets and more information visit http://www.significantotherbroadway.com and check my website to find available discounts here. -ThisbroadSway 2/22/2017