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SIGNIFICANT OTHER: TO DO

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 by Olivia O'Connor

 

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Significant Other marks playwright Joshua Harmon’s return to Roundabout following the success of his breakthrough hit Bad Jews. Warm, hilarious, and uncompromisingly honest, Significant Other takes us into the single life of late-twenties Jordan Berman as he confronts the limits of friendship, the inscrutabilities of dating, and the loneliness of adulthood.

Below, in our second installment of our Read/Watch&Listen/Do lists, you’ll find NYC-based activities to immerse yourself in the world of the play and playwright.

 

UNIQLO Free Fridays at MoMA

Every Friday from 4pm until closing (8pm), admission to all galleries, exhibitions, and films at the Museum of Modern Art are free, courtesy of clothier Uniqlo. Bring a best friend, a date, or yourself to contemplate a painting, Vanessa-and-Jordan style. Who are you today?

“Best Swimming Pools to Cool Off this Summer in New York City”
by Rebecca Fishbein

“Rooftop and Hotel Pools Open to the Public in NYC”
by Carolyn Stanley
If your office doesn’t have a Westchester country club pool party (like Jordan’s and Kiki’s does), take matters into your own hands and check out some of these New York City pools, courtesy of Time Out New York. The first list (“Best Swimming Pools…”) represents all five boroughs, with multiple free options on the list. The second option (“Rooftop and Hotel Pools…”) provides options for a more luxurious swim, with prices ranging from $30 to a stay at the Trump SoHo (from $395 a night). Attractive coworkers not guaranteed.

NYC Pride 2015

This morning, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right, a landmark decision that legalizes gay marriage in all 50 states. The 5 to 4 ruling is a huge victory for LGBT activists and supporters and is sure to make this weekend’s Pride festivities – including the famed March (June 28th) – a historically big party. Join in celebrating a new chapter in the history of LGBT rights in America!


Significant Other is a limited engagement at the Laura Pels Theatre. For more information and tickets, visit our website.


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2014-2015 Season, Significant Other


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SIGNIFICANT OTHER: TO READ

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 by Olivia O'Connor

 

 

SO-0005M-StandardArtFilesStandardArtFiles-300x300pxSignificant Other marks playwright Joshua Harmon’s return to Roundabout following the success of his breakthrough hit Bad Jews. Warm, hilarious, and uncompromisingly honest, Significant Other takes us into the single life of late-twenties Jordan Berman as he confronts the limits of friendship, the inscrutabilities of dating, and the loneliness of adulthood.

Below, in the first installment of our Read/Watch&Listen/Do lists, you’ll find reading material to immerse yourself in the world of the play and playwright.

ISN’T IT ROMANTIC?

by Wendy Wasserstein

WendyWWendy Wasserstein is one of Significant Other playwright Joshua Harmon’s favorite writers. Of her work, he has said, “she is the master of the holy trinity of playwriting—personal, funny, and emotional.” Isn’t It Romantic, Wasserstein’s 1983 play about two friends striving for stable adulthood (and the careers and relationships that go along with it) in New York City was a strong influence on Significant Other. A quote from Isn’t It Romantic’s Janie Blumberg appears as an epigraph at the beginning of Significant Other. The line points to Jordan Berman’s preoccupation with romantic perfection on a deadline: "When I'm twenty-eight, I'm going to get married and be very much in love with someone who is poor and fascinating until he's thirty and then fabulously wealthy and very secure after that. And we're going to have children who wear overalls and flannel shirts and are kind and independent, with curly blond hair. And we'll have great sex and still hold hands when we travel to China when we're sixty."

 

“Love is Not All (Sonnet XXX)”

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Jordan, who laments the fact that he’s become “the constant reader” at the weddings of his friends, quotes a line from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s (“she’s a killer”) classic poem “Love is Not All.” Presumably, Jordan read the poem at Vanessa’s wedding.

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink

Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;

Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink

And rise and sink and rise and sink again;

Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,

Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;

Yet many a man is making friends with death

Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.

It well may be that in a difficult hour,

Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,

Or nagged by want past resolution’s power,

I might be driven to sell your love for peace,

Or trade the memory of this night for food.

It well may be. I do not think I would.

 

BAD JEWS

by Joshua Harmon

Familiarize yourself with more of the Joshua Harmon oeuvre! Bad Jews premiered in the Roundabout Underground in 2012 and became the first Underground production to transfer upstairs to the Laura Pels Theatre in 2014. In the aftermath of their grandfather’s death, three cousins (and one unsuspecting girlfriend) engage in a battle for their grandfather’s chai, a priceless family heirloom that has come to represent the varied truth and tenacity of each grandchild’s faith. By turns uproariously funny, cruel, and thoughtful, the play went on to be the third most-produced play of the 2014-2015 American theatre season and is running on London’s West End through July.

 

“The Biggest Wedding Trends for 2015”

by Debra Witt (Bridal Guide)

Whether you’re planning your own fete or looking forward to (or dreading) the nuptials of your friends and family, this 2015 guide to the hottest wedding trends will help you prepare. Wedding and event planners around the country chime in on the latest celebratory preferences, from invites and floral arrangements to drink menus and cake.

 

AT DAWN WE SLEPT: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PEARL HARBOR

by Gordon W. Prange

If you’re a history buff like Jordan’s crush/obsession Will (or if you just want to be seen reading something impressive around the office), this definitive 1981 tome on the bombing of Pearl Harbor is your go-to. At 981 pages, the (non-fiction) book is an authoritative and detailed account of events, drawing on Prange’s personal interviews with US and Japanese sources to construct a 360-degree perspective on the preparation for and aftermath of the attack.

 


Significant Other is a limited engagement at the Laura Pels Theatre. For more information and tickets, visit our website.


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Weddings: A Look at Then and Now

Posted on: June 17th, 2015 by Roundabout

 

Over time, American weddings have changed dramatically, and not just with regards to fashion. The New York Times recently printed an opinion piece on the costs involved for the happy couple and their guests, and through his play, Significant Other, Joshua Harmon brings to the stage some of the modern wedding traditions we experience today. Below we contrast wedding traditions from the 1950's and now.

HELENE (c. 1950s)
HELENE: And here’s me and Pop-Pop, at our wedding.
JORDAN: How old were you there? HELENE: Twenty-one.

Three Boys in White Tuxedo

Bachelor parties were hosted by the groom’s father. Bachelorette parties did not exist until the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

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Interracial marriage was illegal and was not made legal until the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving vs. Virginia.

Wedding dresses were modest and white. Most had long sleeves, lace, a sweetheart neckline and a ballerina-length hem.

Wedding dresses were modest and white.
Most had long sleeves, lace, a sweetheart
neckline and a ballerina-length hem.

Many wedding receptions featured only cake and punch. The concept of togetherness was demonstrated with a cake topper representing the bride and groom.

Many wedding receptions featured only
cake and punch. The concept of togetherness
was demonstrated with a cake topper
representing the bride and groom.

Marriages mostly took place in houses of worship.

Marriages mostly took place in houses of worship.

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The bride’s family paid for the wedding expenses. This arrangement came from when the bride’s family had to pay a dowry (some form of property or money) in order for her suitor to agree to marry her.

JORDAN (c. Now)
JORDAN: It doesn’t matter anymore. I went to a wedding where there
were female groomsmen, you can do whatever you want.

The most popular destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties is Las Vegas. These parties now take on more of a “crazy night out” form.

The most popular destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties is Las Vegas. These parties now take on more of a “crazy night out” form.

Gay marriage is legal in thirty-six states, the District of Columbia, and twenty-two Native American tribal jurisdictions. It is also recognized by the federal government.

Gay marriage is legal in thirty-six states, the District of Columbia, and twenty-two Native American tribal jurisdictions. It is also recognized by the federal government.

Brides and grooms can, and do, wear whatever they desire at the altar. Adding a “pop of color” is common.

Brides and grooms can, and do, wear
whatever they desire at the altar. Adding a
“pop of color” is common.

Dessert bars or cupcakes are being used in place of a traditional tiered wedding cake.

Dessert bars or cupcakes are being
used in place of a traditional tiered
wedding cake.

The number of mixed gender bridesmaids and groomsmen is increasing. For example, a male friend of the bride could be asked to be in the bridal party and can attend the pre-wedding festivities traditionally intended for girls only.

The number of mixed gender bridesmaids and groomsmen is increasing. For example, a male friend of the bride could be asked to be in the bridal party and can attend the pre-wedding festivities traditionally intended for girls only.

Destination weddings have increased in popularity. The most prominent locations for destination weddings include: Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Italy, and Las Vegas.

Destination weddings have increased in popularity. The most prominent locations for destination weddings include: Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Italy, and Las Vegas.

 


Significant Other plays through August 16 at the Laura Pels Theatre. For more information and tickets, please visit our website.


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2014-2015 Season, Education @ Roundabout, Significant Other, Upstage


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