"I don't have game," Gideon Glick lightheartedly explains from the Laura Pels Theatre, where his new play, Joshua Harmon's Significant Other—a story about the search for a soul mate—opens June 18. "I'm not good at it! It's hard!"
Glick is talking dating, a dreaded pastime for New Yorkers. We all want love, but fear commitment. We yearn for Mr. or Mrs. Right, but go to bed with Mr. or Mrs. Right Now. And, we spend countless hours "window shopping" on dating apps such as Tinder, where limitless singles are seemingly available at the swipe of a finger.
Luckily, Glick snagged a guy. "I currently have a boyfriend, but I've lived many years in New York being single, and it's hard," he says.
They met at the gym, in Glick's hometown of Philadelphia. Perry, a Jewish doctor, went to the same high school as Gideon and followed his career when it took off on and Off-Broadway. "He saw me in Spring Awakening and Into the Woods, and he came up to me and introduced himself," Glick explains. "I couldn't get a good read on if he was gay or not, so then I Facebook stalked him, which is what my character does a lot, too, [in Significant Other]. I just wanted a clue! I just couldn't figure it out. And then we started messaging each other."
The rest is history, but things weren't always so easy for Glick, who turned 27 this month. He says that he's related a lot to his Significant Other character—Jordan Berman, a gay, neurotic Jew in his late 20s—in the past.
"I think dating sucks, just in general," he says (admitting that he's even been stood up before). "It's like you're presenting yourself. You also want to be at ease and relate to this other person, but at the same time, it's a presentation, and there's something very unnatural about it."
In New York City, he says, "It's like you're set up to fail, and it's hard to meet people, and there are all these apps. It's just so much. It's a lonely city. There are so many people here, and it's so hard to connect… People are very shut off, especially on the subway. We're all just trying to get home or get somewhere, so it's almost more alienating because you're surrounded by so many people. It's like Company."
But, no matter single or taken, gay or straight, lonely or not, Glick—and his onstage counterpart Jordan—rely on close friends to get by and look forward to what the future has in store.
"I don't think anything's written out. I don't believe in providence, but I do believe that if you stay open, things kind of reveal themselves. That I do believe," Glick says.
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