Significant Other (review)

Significant Other (review)
Significant Other (review)
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THE PLAY: A gay man has 3 close girlfriends, but his life changes as each of them gets married.

 

THE PRODUCTION: This show revolves around the showcase role of Jordan, played by Artistic Director Deejay Gray. His performance starts flighty, but as the drama develops, he beautifully embodies the emotional complexity of the character and turns in a truly touching performance. That being said, Act 2 gets a bit tedious with repetitive dialogue and too many moments with him on the verge of tears. The rest of the ensemble does wonderful work with Mallory Keene’s self-absorbed friend getting lots of attention (inevitably). Director Matt Shofner has kept the scenes flowing seamlessly and helped the actors to create natural relationships. Adam Dorland’s basic black brick set serves the show well. Michael Jarett’s tasteful lights include a few spots for emphasis (and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a light cue get a laff). Ruth Hedberg has designed (or assembled) lots of great looks for the women. Joey Luck’s subtle sound adds ambience without being obtrusive. Running time: 2:15

 

THE POINT: While the entire ensemble does good work, this show relies on the sweet, yet poignant performance by Deejay Gray

 

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

 

At TheatreLAB thru 9/29

 

Jessi Johnson, Mallory Keene, Deejay Gray, Kelsey Cordrey (Photos by Tom Topinka)

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