Wednesday, April 24, 2024

SF Playhouse Offers a “Significant” Emotional Play

Always a bridesmaid’s and never a bride reaches its breaking point in the bittersweet comedy “Significant Other,” playing at the SF Playhouse through June 15, 2019.

Joshua Harmon’s play is the story Jordan (Kyle Cameron) who is charming and great fun but he has self-esteem issues. Most of his problems center around his search for Mr. Right. His three female besties seem to find their man and get married one by one.

Jordan’s cheery, fun demeanor is slowly chipped away as his friend’s find less time for him and make him wonder if he’s going to be alone and is he worthy of someone else’s love.

Harmon’s dialog is real and mixes humor and melodrama to a perfect balance. Further, this show has several memorable monologues and Cameron deliveries them all to perfection – sometimes a tough task to do night after night at the same emotional level. But the audience is never cheated as Cameron gives 100 percent at every performance. In a comedy, having some tough emotional scenes is not only surprising, but not easy to do as an actor. Harmon’s writing and Cameron’s performance work harmoniously.

Cameron has a great supporting cast, including two other men playing multiple parts and showing the great divide in personality in the process. Bay Area thespian Joy Carlin is a standout as his grandmother, who conjures up memories of Ruth Gordon.

While Lauren English’s direction is spot on, she works very well with scenic designer Jacquelyn Scott, who together use every inch of stage to full advantage and with a bright colors and well accented lighting.

“Significant Other” is definitely worth a show not to miss. To get more information and tickets, go to

Kevin M. Thomas

Kevin M. Thomas, or @ReelKev, is an arts blogger and entertainment reporter. In addition to his own website, and ReelKev YouTube channel, Kevin used to be the LGBT arts writer for and contributes to as well as a semi-regular on San Francisco's cable TV show, "10 Percent."

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