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Six Degrees of Separation

From 434 member  reviews
Members say: 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'). More…

Inspired by a true story, this play follows the trail of Paul, a mysterious young con man who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, claiming he’s the son of actor Sidney Poitier. After a shocking surprise, the couple tries to piece together the connections that brought him into their world.

1h 30m | Already closed | Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (434)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking
82
Avg Score

70
Dated, Well acted, Intense, Overrated, Great pacing

See it if you are fascinated by this based-on-RL story of an impostor on UES. Great 1st half (80), not great 2nd (60)=70. Played broadly for laughs.

Don't see it if you find it grating to have college kids played as screeching brats. Or you hate waste: huge 18-actors w/ most lines spoken by 3 of them.

Also the plot of SDOS didn't sit right with me. I didn't believe that an UE... Read more Read less

79
Confusing, Edgy, Excruciating, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if good acting, good sets very moving at some points.

Don't see it if can get slow, get away from plot at times.

76
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you want to see some solid acting in a solid (if time-worn) dramedy that still has some bite and provokes some thought, albeit fleeting.

Don't see it if you saw the original Broadway production which seemed to be a bit edgier and more sympathetic and ethically ambivalent.

87
Resonant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if Guare's social satire still packs a punch almost 30 yrs later. Slightly dated but revelant in new ways, Janney & Hawkins' chemistry ignite

Don't see it if Cullman's direction tends to emphasize the farcical nature of the piece but the poignancy & offbeat love story comes through competently

88
Clever, Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want great acting and a story that holds your attention: you won't be bored. You enjoy satire.

Don't see it if You want a more contemporary play: despite this being a "newer" revival, 1990 is less relevant than you think(scary!).

74
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Slow

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.

86
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You saw the original production starring Stockard Channing and/or the film and want to see another director and casts' interpretation of it.

Don't see it if You prefer male nudity not be included in plays you attend. You don't enjoy plays that satirize the American upper class.

82
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you enjoy very intelligent drama with excellent acting. Simple but effective set. I saw the original show and didn't like it. Loved this one

Don't see it if you enjoy comedy. The story centers around a very disturbed young man who cons people.

Also I will never see a pink shirt without remembering the scene with one o... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Good acting, Intelligent, Dated, Witty

See it if you enjoy social satire; you are a fan of Janney who does not disappoint and you enjoy good dialogue and writing.

Don't see it if For me, this lacks the poignancy, novelty and freshness of the original. The direction of the children is annoyingly over the top.

75
Absorbing, Resonant, Overrated, Dated, Uneven

See it if you want to see a revival of a play, based on a true story, that caused quite a stir when it opened 27 years ago.

Don't see it if you don't like heavy-handed satire and abrupt shifts of tone.

Also Corey Hawkins is excellent.

88
Funny, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are ready to be entertained and want to see a new take on a play or movie you have seen before.

Don't see it if You are offended by male nudity.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like a smart, funny, and relevant play with fantastic acting and clear direction. Some hilarious scenes and also poignant.at times.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about race relations in US, don't like direct address to audience, offended by scene with full frontal male nudity

84
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you love good plays, well acted, well directed, and well designed.This play still rings true.It explores white guilt, obsession with stars.

Don't see it if you only like musicals.This play is funny as homemade sin, but it makes you think.Is it only fame that makes ethnics acceptable?Timely

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you want a provocative, well-written/performed play that still acts as a relevant form of social commentary for today.

Don't see it if you're bothered by prolonged nudity or strong language. Don't see this if you'd rather go see one of the many new musicals from this season.

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Inconsistent pacing/writing, Genre-bending

See it if you truly believe truth IS stranger than fiction, are riveted by odd yet well-acted dramas, and willing to absorb every philosophical word.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that break the fourth-wall; wanting clear-cut comedy OR drama (this is a play of Realism/Metafiction); offended by nudity.

Also This thoughtfully-penned, well-executed production helmed marvelously ... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Dated, Funny, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an excellent remake of a modern classic. Great cast. A topic that invites after show discussions.

Don't see it if you only like musicals and/or you have no interest in shows about race and social class.

80
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Interesting

See it if enjoy superb acting, perceptive stories about contemporary human dynamics and a bit of humor.

Don't see it if you dislike struggling to understand the author's purpose about human problems and frailty.

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Beautiful, simple, staging

See it if Never saw original staging. Worried memory of lush, fast moving film would overwhelm my experience of the show. Not so. Show was excellent

Don't see it if You expect large hollywood type sets and costuming. Here the dialogue and acting are showcased. Great acting!

80
Clever, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting by principals, Witty

See it if you like smart and witty theater. This is a play that's deservedly become (becoming?) a classic - with stellar acting by the 3 principals.

Don't see it if you want broad comedy OR serious drama alone. This play straddles the space in between - and does it with cleverness and style.

82
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Very entertaining revival with unusual,interesting plot.Great performances. 90 minute duration flies by quickly.

Don't see it if You find the premise to be implausible, or didn't care for the movie or original play.

75
Pretentious, Clever, Dated, Funny, Great direction

See it if You want an intelligent, intense, entertaining night at a straight play.

Don't see it if you're with young children or easily offended/bored adults.

Also Even if the scenario that plays out is farfetched (and only dimly plau... Read more Read less

84
Dated, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Janney is great, Fine revival

See it if You are an Allison Janney and/or John Guare fan. Want to be challenged by the themes of race, privelege, family/couple dynamics.

Don't see it if Are offended by nudity or gay sexuality. (Or you could just get over it.)

Also Fun snapshot of late 20th century America.

83
Great acting, Great writing, Clever

See it if you're a fan of Guare or Janney/you've got the time/you appreciated the movie

Don't see it if you don't like talky, quirky, thinky dramedy/you want a non-annoying representation of college students

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Intelligent

See it if You want to see great cast in a great show, a version that intercepts humor (Allison Janney is marvelous), a show that touches you.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

Also Great cast! Allison Janney is a great dame all the way. I like this ve... Read more Read less

92
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You liked the movie, Allison Janney, or Corey Hawkins- great acting; so funny. Jon Hickey was gracious. Stayed true to movie. Set is gorge!

Don't see it if You're opposed to gay or racial subtext, full male nudity, no intermission, or disliked the film. No reason not to see; all roles were good.


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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 du...
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