Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Six Degrees of Separation

From 435 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 (435)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

59
Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if you're a fan of the actors or enjoy less-naturalistic plays that reach for profundity

Don't see it if you want works that are grounded, with characters whose motivations and being are fully-realized and make sense

50
Dated, Dull, Disappointing

See it if you missed the original production, or if you enjoy plays with stylized dialogue & plenty of asides to the audience.

Don't see it if you're bothered by the unnatural approach to dialogue mentioned above. It seemed very dated, pretentious & hokey to me.

Also I found the story to be quite dull. I know it's based on an actual exp... Read more Read less

69
Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Profound, Raunchy

See it if Haven't seen this much Full Frontal Male Nudity since TAKE ME OUT. Seemed a bit gratuitous as did most of the direction. Great cast tho.

Don't see it if Closes Sun. so unless U're willing to see this year's John Guare revival NOW U can always wait for next year's pick? Mostly for Art-lovers.

65
Dated, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you want to see Allison Janney onstage. She is superb, making her pauses count as much as her lines.

Don't see it if you would prefer to see her in a better play. What seemed fresh and insightful in 1990 now seems glib and shallow.

Also A doorman at a Fifth Avenue apartment building who is as well-tipped a... Read more Read less

65
Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You like a fast paced show

Don't see it if you don't like male nudity

60
Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You have never seen Allison Janney on stage and/or if you like B'way seats with leg room. Other than that ... not much more good to say.

Don't see it if you're offended my male frontal nudity that is more than needed. Or if you don't like actors playing caricatures of spoiled rich kids.

69
Absorbing, Confusing, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if enjoy thought provoking plays that also make you laugh.

Don't see it if you prefer something light and easy to understand.

67
Exquisite, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if You are open to taking a walk down priveleged america circa 1990s

Don't see it if You are looking for something contemporary

55
Quirky, Disappointing, Dated, Funny, Slow

See it if You want an excellent performance from Hawkins, a decent time at the theater, to hear a lot of ideologies told to you (not in a bad way)

Don't see it if You want a stellar all star cast, a show that knows its tone, need some production value, or a consistent pace (this was a long 1.5 hours)

69
Disappointing, Campy, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to catch a worthy Tony-nominated performance by Corey Hawkins), and are thrilled to be in the same rarefied air as Allison Janney.

Don't see it if a campy take on this dramatic storyline will leave you wondering "why so silly an approach?" (as was my takeaway), or if full nudity offends

55
Dated, Cliched, Indulgent, Overrated, Funny

See it if you're already a fan of the play

Don't see it if you have a hard time sympathizing with the super rich, or a character that you hear about more than actually hear in reality

69
Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You are not a musical fan. The acting was ok, but the story was not enough to keep me attentive.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals or do not want to see naked people on stage.

55
Disappointing, Great writing, Misguided

See it if You're a fan of the play and writing itself.

Don't see it if You're hoping for new insight into and a strong interpretation of a classic.

50
Dated, Great acting, Overrated, Thought-provoking, 90s-tastic

See it if you enjoy good writing (even if a little old), and if you like strong, dramatic acting

Don't see it if you like shows that stay fresh and resonant (this one has not aged too well)

60
Indulgent, Great staging, Edgy, Clever, Resonant

See it if You like dark pieces

Don't see it if You’re looking for simple entertainment or a getaway

68
Cliched, Disappointing, Dated

See it if If you are an Allison Janney fan.

Don't see it if you are expecting subtlety. The director doesn't trust the audience and offers up farce and some broad overplaying by minor characters.

During previews
65
Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if you have nothing better to do.

Don't see it if you're not an Allison Janney or John Guare fan.

During previews
69
Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you love Allison Janney (though she didn't do much with the role) or you dislike musicals and have seen all the good comedy-dramas playing.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy hearing lots of laughter when you think something isn't particularly funny.

During previews
65
Dated, Slow

See it if you like the playwright

Don't see it if you expect it to be still relevant, don't understand that it's a period piece and that racial and gender issues have changed in 30 years

Also Allison Janney and John B Hickey have great comedic timing. It is very... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Disappointing, Great writing, Insipid, Funny, Dated

See it if Catch it for Hawkins' mesmerizing performance alone. Otherwise, it's oddly flat, lifeless & lacking the electricity & magic of the orig .

Don't see it if Self involved white people, gay sex stuff or uninspired direction offend you.

During previews
57
Fluffy, Dated

See it if you want to see an entertaining revival based on an anecdote which occurred 30 years ago. But the show does come across as quite dated.

Don't see it if you having something important to do, like the laundry.

During previews
69
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You enjoy thinking about life after watching a show and seeing fantastic actors at work.

Don't see it if You want to see a large array of dynamic characters, not just a slew of halfway developed ones.

Also There were several clichéd characters, though mostly because the writi... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Dated, great acting, too talky, whiny kids, cold

See it if You love Allison Janney. Overall the acting is very good.

Don't see it if You're looking for something to warm your heart.

During previews
65
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Stylized

See it if You love the play/film and want to see W wonderful performance by Corey Hawkins. You like highly stylized, very wordy plays.

Don't see it if You want a play that is more action-heavy and less talky. You are expecting killer performances by Janney & Hickey.

Also I was not familiar with the play or film prior to seeing this producti... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Indulgent, Quirky, Resonant, Dizzying, Enchanting

See it if Can handle the twist and turns of the plot.

Don't see it if You can't handle the nudity.

Also Outstanding performances delivered by Corey Hawkins, and Allison Janne... Read more Read less


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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