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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
82
Avg Score

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.

74
Great acting, Indulgent, Clever, Dated

See it if you are a fan of Allison Janney, talky plays or high-minded theater.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything remotely relatable to today's world. The play is very of its time. Also, don't see if male nudity offends you.

91
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if stylized revival with a talented cast anchored by Allison Janney commenary on race, fame, social mobility, wealth etc still relevant today

Don't see it if intentional over the top direction may not be a favorite for Cromer naturalism; no intermission so plan bathroom breaks accordingly

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if you like great acting of a terrific script. It still works all these years later and the cast is great. Janney is perfect as are the others.

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity onstage. There is a fairly lengthy, but quite funny, scene of male nudity. Otherwise, see it. It is nicely done.

92
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.

Also I didn't expect to like the play as much as I did. Their were parts of... Read more Read less

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

83
Great acting, Dated, Clever, Uneven plot

See it if you appreciate great ensemble acting with named stars who truly rise to the occasion. Even though it's dated, it is thought-provoking.

Don't see it if you object to overdrawn characterization of young adults & you aren't able to suspend belief. Hard to accept anyone would fall for the con.

85
Clever, Dated, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like comedies. This was about a con man with no conscience.

Don't see it if This is a dark comedy. Sometimes the action moved very slow. You have to have patience.

Also The sound was not loud enough, You have to listen very carefully. At f... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if want an excellent cast (Janney and Hawkins shine) in a well written, intelligent and entertaining show. It is quick and well paced.

Don't see it if other than wanting a better ending, see it.

75
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Funny

See it if you enjoy thought provoking dark dramedy performed by great actors.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with a lot of dialogue or if you're easily offended by nudity, profanity or homosexuality.

80
Great acting, Engaging, Weird

See it if You want to see wonderful acting from the entire ensemble cast and an especially electric performance from Corey Hawkins.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that's less jumpy in tone - it is very well written but uneven and a bit confusing.

79
Great acting, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a great cast. Allison Janney shines. The direction is spot on.

Don't see it if you are put off by language or nudity. The dialogue dates itself a lot, but overall the play somehow still holds up to the current times.

85
Entertaining, Edgy, Intense

See it if A great cast moves this play along at a speedy pace.

Don't see it if Your more attuned to musicals and a tale of foolish wealthy people are to much for you to bare.

85
Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to catch Allison Janney and Corey Hawkins deliver brilliant performances in a slyly funny, clever, fascinating play.

Don't see it if You'll be bothered by a bumpy middle third. The "kids" are universally uniquely bad in a way that I think must be the director's fault.

Also I've always loved this play but have only seen the film version and re... Read more Read less

78
Intriguing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you want to be captivated by an interesting story that explores various aspects of the human condition and our motivations; piques curiosity

Don't see it if you're put off by gratuitous nudity - it is excessive full frontal male nudity that distracts from the story

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to see a star in the making in Corey Hawkins and two established stars at the top of their game.

Don't see it if you can't handle full frontal male nudity or you need a happy ending tied up in a bow.

75
Smart, Great staging, Masterful, Delightful

See it if a fresh take on a masterful American play is always enthralling for you

Don't see it if you dont enjoy the casts

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

80
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you enjoy nuanced, quality acting. Janney & Hawkins steal the show. The premise is relevant & interesting. They play is both funny & serious

Don't see it if you want a clear answer or conclusion. Also avoid if you're not interested in the complexity of race in the US.

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.

85
Great acting, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You want to see an interesting, albeit dated, revival with an outstanding cast

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with plays involving homosexuality and/or nudity

88
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of Allison Janney; she shines here. Or if you like social commentary.

Don't see it if You need up to the minute content. In the age of Google, almost nothing in this plot would work. You have to treat it as a period piece.

75
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if examination of upper class values

Don't see it if dislike above

93
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.

Also A crime that Janney was not nominated--we will now lose her to Hollywo... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want a dramatic comedy that makes you question the need to belong in our societ. Allison Janney shines as always!

Don't see it if You want a fully modern play- it is an 80s time capsule. It also doesn't feature a fully linear plot line.


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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