Six Degrees of Separation
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Six Degrees of Separation

Six Degrees of Separation NYC Reviews and Tickets

(436 Ratings)
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Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

About the Show

John Guare's critically acclaimed drama returns to Broadway starring seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney, Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey, and Corey Hawkins ('Straight Outta Compton').

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Show-Score Member Reviews (436)

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95 Reviews | 16 Followers
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy well acted, thought provoking and intelligent plays. Throughly interesting and absorbing. Both funny and intense.

Don't see it if The concept of all of us being connected does not intrigue you. You're looking for light hearted or musical. You want something linear.

69 Reviews | 18 Followers
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you love fast, brilliant, zingy dialogue, and don't mind occasionally squirming when reminded of a time you behaved in a patronizing manner.

Don't see it if you'd rather be home watching "Duck Dynasty." Read more

61 Reviews | 34 Followers
Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if A great cast in a classic play interests you

Don't see it if You don't like the play

50 Reviews | 18 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You enjoy watching a tight, professional, amazing cast perform a provocative play.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy thought provoking shows which may make you uncomfortable.

66 Reviews | 47 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Insightful

See it if you enjoy social satire with brilliant performances. Allison Janney is SUBLIME!

Don't see it if you prefer text with literal meaning. This show is a satire of the 1%; the dialogue is not meant to be taken at face value.

401 Reviews | 65 Followers
Absorbing, Hilarious, Moving, Adult, Human

See it if you want to see Great Theatre with a Supreme cast of leads. You will regret years from now not seeing Allison Janney's performance at least

Don't see it if No. GO SEE IT before it closes Sunday. It will stimulate you. Read more

112 Reviews | 36 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

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

394 Reviews | 34 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see great actors perform in a thought provoking play.

Don't see it if you've seen the original play and don't like revivals. Read more

Critic Reviews (53)

The New York Times
April 25th, 2017

“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.”
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Time Out New York
April 26th, 2017

“Yes, John Guare’s 1990 hit feels dated…And yet, it swings both ways. Guare’s elegant and elegiac social dramedy actually seems startlingly prophetic…Janney is a perfect Ouisa Kittredge: martini-dry and quick with a quip, almost undone by maternal instinct. Hickey flits amusingly about as her art-dealer and husband Flan…Trip Cullman directs with great panache...The cumulative effect, once you get over the retro vibe, is renewed respect for a disquieting, still-rewarding work.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 25th, 2017

“At the edges, the play has been softened by time and by a production that gets a few things wrong. But at the core, especially in the character of Ouisa as now portrayed by the spectacular Allison Janney, it gets everything right...Cullman emphasizes the traditional theatrical elements as a way of comforting the audience when, I kept feeling, it ought to be afflicted…But even softened slightly as it is in this production, the play’s brutal message to sophisticates, comes through.”
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The Wall Street Journal
April 25th, 2017

"Cullman’s staging is exemplary, but it’s the play itself that makes the deepest impression...One of the strongest American plays of the postwar era...Everyone acts with the high-keyed, anti-naturalistic histrionics that Mr. Guare favors, and the resulting unanimity of tone serves the play well...You’ll be struck by how fresh and immediate it feels. That’s a pretty good working definition of a classic, which binds past and present together in a web of permanent relevance."
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April 25th, 2017

“A spectacular revival…’Six Degrees’ transcends its particulars and addresses something ineffably human: The terrifying gulf between how we see ourselves and how we need others to see us. That’s a theme for the ages…Hickey brings a powerful sense of irony to Flan…Hawkins is brilliant…Janney is utter conviction in conveying the transformation Paul has unwittingly, unexpectedly brought about in her...It’s only gained in power over the last quarter-century.”
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New York Daily News
April 25th, 2017

“Broadway’s crazy good revival of ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ is proof of theater’s enduring impact…Smart, juicy and still-potent…Surrounded by a crack ensemble of Broadway vets and newcomers, the three leads shine…Janney goes from above-it-all to something deeper when Paul’s ruses turn deadly serious...Hawkins is thoroughly convincing and seductive...Cullman’s energizing revival delivers its own thrills...An exhilarating, real-deal staging.”
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April 25th, 2017

“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.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 25th, 2017

“Cullman's razor-sharp staging serves as a welcome reminder of the fiercely intelligent, pungently funny voice of playwright John Guare at his vintage best…While two sensational performances occupy the play's molten center, the entire large ensemble that surrounds them is on fire. That heat is due in part to Cullman's whiplash pacing...But it also rises from the play itself…It remains a work of stinging satirical brilliance...Hugely entertaining, clever and provocative."
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