REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Six Degrees of Separation” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Apr 26, 2017
“Six Degrees of Separation,” written by John  Guare and directed by Trip Cullman, opened on April 25, 2017 in New York City. “Six Degrees of Separation,” written by John Guare and directed by Trip Cullman, opened on April 25, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

20 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 78.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
“An earthbound revival of Guare’s marvelous ‘Six Degrees of Separation’…Mr. Hawkins transforms a fatally mixed-up character into something close to a tragic hero…Ms. Janney is a highly credible Ouisa…The deception of the Kittredges and their society pals always had its farcical elements. But they have been heightened here at the expense of poignancy…It’s a tone that screeches as the play becomes darker, especially in the sequences involving Paul’s gulling of a naïve aspiring actor.”
Marilyn Stasio
Variety
ShowScore: 75
“Despite the vitalizing presence of Allison Janney in director Trip Cullman’s elegant revival, ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ lacks the comic bite of the original production…Guare has a great ear for inane small talk, and his conversational dialogue is pitilessly funny…Hawkins is a total charmer who effortlessly inhabits Paul’s preppy persona…Janney’s wicked, smart delivery is perfect for Guare’s witty dialogue. But she’s also uncommonly sensitive to Ouisa’s desperate need for someone to care for.”
Hayley Levitt
Theatermania
ShowScore: 85
“Directed with laser precision by Cullman…Corey Hawkins’ performance sparks with charisma and intellectual hyperactivity…It's not hard to see why Ouisa is so mesmerized by Paul and vice versa…'Six Degrees of Separation' feels made for today…The young adults of ‘Six Degrees’ are like portentous omens of the next generation's (i.e. today's) disconnected elite, which Cullman stares down with hilarious absurdity.”

“Six Degrees of Separation” was also reviewed by David Fox of Reclining Standards, Jesse Oxfeld of Town & Country, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Melissa Rose Bernardo of Entertainment Weekly, Stephen Collins of Live Theatre UK, Christopher Kelly of NJ.com, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Linda Winer of Newsday, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, and Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 180 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

Lucinda, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You want to be captivated by an interesting story that explores various aspects of the human condition and our motivations. It piques curiosity." 
Don't see it if…"You're put off by gratuitous nudityit is excessive full frontal male nudity that distracts from the story."
Noah Casner, ShowScore: 93
See it if…"You're a fan of the play or of Allison Janney. It's a great production, directed masterfully by Trip Cullman."
Don't see it if…"You don't like shows with a lot of exposition. This one takes a little while to get into the swing of things."
Dan Q, ShowScore: 74
See it if…"You're looking for something meaty, but funny, and with Grade-A performances."  
Don't see it if…"You dislike the style of writing where actions are described in dialogue rather than, well, acted. Some of the writing is a tad pompous."

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