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
82
Avg Score

88
Great acting, Relevant, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like great acting, enjoy funny yet intriguing plays, you like relevant topics

Don't see it if you offended by nudity, you can't follow talky plays easily, you are looking for a fluff play

Also This revival production is well-staged with the actors easily moving t... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a surprisingly funny and intelligent look at engagement and connection. great acting by Janney

Don't see it if male nudity bothers you. and you don't like a too talky play

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You can get discounted tickets. Acting is really good. It's 90 minutes straight through.

Don't see it if You have something better to do. Nothing great, but entertaining.

85
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if Great Acting in this dated but relevant revival. Cast is stunning. Guare's play is well written and stands the test of time. no intermission

Don't see it if if nudity or LGBTQ theme is not for you. Dated but can translate today. If you saw it before, no need to see it again.

82
Masterful, Intense, Raunchy, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see amazing actors tell a complicated story about belonging and connectedness.

Don't see it if you are going to be offended by seeing a penis.

80
Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Dated

See it if Smart and sexy with a great performance from Allison Janney.

Don't see it if A bit dated; I was underwhelmed with Corey Hawkins.

87
Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Dated

See it if you want a well-crafted piece of theater that's provocative & surprisingly still relevant despite it being 'dated' in an oddly good way.

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment.

80
Intelligent, Must see, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see superb acting in a play that makes you think. Simple staging which is great to help focus on the story.

Don't see it if You do not like shows that are thought provoking, shows with gay themes, or plays without an intermission.

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like comedic-dramatic takes on family, race, socio-economic class conflicts, the cult of celebrity; & Allison Janney's droll portrayal.

Don't see it if you're tired of plays that excuse fraud and law-breaking to make points about race/class; don't care about problems of upper middle-class.

83
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Cliched

See it if Strong drama

Don't see it if Think seeing the movie is the real mcoy

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a really well-balanced dramedy with some really solid acting

Don't see it if you don't like characters narrating the story to the audience. you are uncomfortable with full frontal male nudity

70
Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you enjoy "classic" modern play-writing and quick and witty dialogue.

Don't see it if you know how it ends.

73
Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

See it if You are a fan of the 3 leads- great acting. You like melodramatic plays w humor where the narrative exposition is told to you thru 4th wall.

Don't see it if Full frontal male nudity/gay themes/people scamming people bothers you. You don't like plays that are slow getting to the point. Very dated.

90
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you did not see it the first time around. If you want to see Allison Janney at her best, this is the show for you. The entire cast shines.

Don't see it if you lack a sense of humor or do not like seeing others bamboozled!

92
Vibrant,, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Must see

See it if for the updated version if you've seen it before (or not) and for the spot on acting; especially Janney

Don't see it if sophisticates being duped and deceived is unrealistic to you

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

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Dated

See it if you love the show, or you love Allison Janney.

Don't see it if you will be annoyed that it feels dated.

Also Not sure whether it was just this production, or whether the show itse... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if Are a fan of the film and want to see how this production mixes it up a bit and makes it very funny and new again.

Don't see it if Are uncomfortable with (nice) full nudity and homosexual content. Don't enjoy simple staging.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to experience a gripping story, with some wonderful acting

Don't see it if you need to have your stories nicely tied up with a bow - or brief nudity would be an issue

80
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if Janney and Hawkins were excellent. Slick set design. Socially resonant subject matter.

Don't see it if Solid revival overall. Nothing flashy or groundbreaking.

80
Absorbing, Dated, Funny, Great acting, Profound

See it if You appreciate family-oriented stories that deal closely with human character. See it just for Allison Janney's brilliance!

Don't see it if You are bored by the 'plight' of rich white people's anxiety crises.

90
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Terrific writing that could have been written today. Terrific performances. Fact is, we live on the UES and it made us uncomfortable

Don't see it if If being made to feel uncomfortable by a writer upsets you, and if you might see yourself in this story

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Riveting

See it if Trip Cullman's sleek and riveting production is a must see. Incredible acting from the entire ensemble in a play that still resonates.

Don't see it if you're looking a more traditional production of the show. This is a stylish production of the play that breaths new life into it.

80
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if closed

Don't see it if closed

65
Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You like a fast paced show

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


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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