Significant Other – Play – Tacoma Little Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Significant Other play by Joshua Harmon at Tacoma Little Theatre. As a regular single gay man whose friends are getting married, this hits home. Romantic comedy that focuses less on love & more on girlfriends. #romcom #friends #friendship

Synopsis from the Theatre: Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but that’s easier said than done. So until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close girlfriends. But as singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan discovers that the only thing harder than finding love is supporting the loved ones around you when they do. But, as they get married one by one, he is left to wonder why life won’t give him the same fairytale ending. Significant Other is an unorthodox romantic comedy that celebrates the highs and lows of twenty- something urban life, wedding after wedding after wedding.

Reviewed Performance: 4/21/23 Opening Weekend

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings: Several

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: None

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes

Recommendation: See it especially if you’ve ever been a single gay man

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: Probably if it was a professional production

Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4.5 stars (Out of 5 Stars)

Equity Actors: 0

Total Number of Actors: 7

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2 hour

Intermission: Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Stage Background: As usual, Tacoma Little Theatre showcased vibrant projected backdrops on-stage. I particularly liked the simple white modern background displayed before the show, during intermission, and at the curtain call. The club scenes backgrounds were flashy too. See the video and pictures below.
  • Storytelling: I enjoyed when the main character obsessively recounted/reenacted his love interest stolen moments, especially the wet naked body scene. What can I say, sex sells! Again, check out one of the pictures at the end of this article to see what I’m referring to!
  • Kiki: Tryphaena Singleton’s (who played Kiki) look and outfits were so chic. Great silhouette! You can tell she’s also a model in real life.
  • Cast Doubling: Paul Richter played 3 characters that I didn’t even know were the same person until I read the credits after the show! I wish we saw more of his fabulous “omigod, haaaaayyyy gurrrrrl!” gay coworker character though.
  • Anti-marriage Themes: As a cynical perpetually-single person, I definitely enjoyed the digs towards marriage like comparing marriage to a funeral and feeling like all your engaged friends are dying. There was a great tirade about how straight married couples sometimes lose their individuality and settle into mediocre heteronormativity.
  • Favorite Line: Something like “‘He’s a sweet guy’ is code for ugly!”


  • Energy: Maybe it was the common show-after-opening-night lull but this production needed a little more energy. Maybe speed up some scenes or add more background/transition sounds.
  • Music: The very last scene contained a critical background song that awkwardly cut out in the middle. I was worried the actors would need to improvise! Fortunately, the music came back on after a minute and the play comfortably concluded. It must have been a long minute for the actors on-stage! Oh, the magical unpredictability of live theatre!

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Suicide Theme: There were some mentions of suicidality that felt out of place in this romantic comedy script. The playwright could have left these out.

Theatre Company: Tacoma Little Theatre

Venue: Tacoma Little Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403

Price: Low

Ticket Affordability Options: PWYC (pay-what-you-can) on 5/4/23 and GoldStar

Dates: April 21 to May 7, 2023

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: Mostly street parking. I usually like to park one block away on North Yakima Ave. Season ticket holders and donors can access a free parking lot.

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Cast and Production Team: See after pictures and video below

@showsiveseen “Significant Other” #play by Joshua Harmon at @tacomalittletheatre. As a regular #single #gay man whose friends are getting married, this hits home. #RomanticComedy that focuses less on love & more on girlfriends. Photos by Dennis K Photography. Review: #romcom #friends #friendship #LGBT #theatre ♬ Married – Mallory Johnson
Laura (Corissa DeVerse), Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald), Kiki (Tryphaena Singleton) & Vanessa (Amanda McCarther)
Roger (Paul Richter), Vanessa (Amanda McCarther), Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald), Kiki (Tryphaena Singleton) & Conrad (Rodman Bolek)
Laura (Corissa DeVerse) & Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald)
Laura (Corissa DeVerse), Kiki (Typhaena Singleton) & Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald)
Vanessa (Amanda McCarther) & Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald)
Roger (Paul Richter), Vanessa (Amanda McCarther) & Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald)
Kiki (Typhaena Singleton) & Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald)
Laura (Corissa DeVerse), Vanessa (Amanda McCarther) & Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald)
Vanessa (Amanda McCarther), Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald) & Laura (Corissa DeVerse)
Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald) & Helene (Sharry O’Hare)
Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald) & Will (Rodman Bolek)
Laura (Corissa DeVerse) & Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald)
Laura (Corissa DeVerse), Jordan (Nick Fitzgerald), Kiki (Tryphaena Singleton) & Vanessa (Amanda McCarther)
Jordan BermanNick Fitzgerald
LauraCorissa DeVerse
VanessaAmanda McCarther
KikiTryphaena Singleton
Helene BermanSharry O’Hare
Will/Conrad/TonyRodman Bolek
Zach/Evan/RogerPaul Richter
PlaywrightJoshua Harmon
DirectorChris Serface
Assistant DirectorCody Clark
Stage ManagerBethany Bevier
Assistant Stage ManagerErinne Kellogg
Technical Director/Scenic Designer/VisualsBlake York
Costume DesignerMichele Graves
Production ManagerDylan Twiner
Lighting DesignerNiclas R. Olson
Sound Designer/Board OperatorChandler Garry
Lead Carpenter/Properties DesignerFrank Roberts
Shop AssistantNate Lovitt
Scenic ArtistJennifer York
Hair and Wig ConsultantMauro Bozzo
Graphic DesignBlake R. York
PhotographyDennis K Photography
Tacoma Next Move InternsLachlan Desmarais, Sam Hibbard, Sergio Mijares

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