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)


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

Absorbing, Dated, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if A funny, dated satire of upward mobility will convince U we are all connected by proximity/desire. Play still provokes but fails to move.

Don't see it if You aren't able to imagine a time before the Internet or ubiquitous cell phones. Story is improbable today but entitled kids haven't change

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like the lead actors. If you like intellectual play. Fast-paced.

Don't see it if you prefer mindless entertainment or prefer not to think much regarding theater

Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great writing

See it if you did not see it the first time it was at Lincoln Center

Don't see it if you really loved loved Stockard Channing in the original

Absorbing, Fast-paced, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you vibe with the speed of New York City portrayed on stage and are looking for a slightly older play being revitalized

Don't see it if you want to see a musical or want to leave a theater feeling happy - I left confused (in a good way )and questioning everything in Existence

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

See it if You enjoy great acting by all three principles. You enjoy a window into a very specific world.

Don't see it if You prefer more realistic, less theatrical work.

Also A strong evening of theater, but I walked away from the theater, as I ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to watch excellent acting and direction. A bit of a throw back, but worth seeing.

Don't see it if Full frontal nudity or intermission-less plays bother you.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You like plays that make you think; that are funny & sad; judgmental & compassionate. This revival is relevant because it's human.

Don't see it if You like pure escapism or one clear cut theme. ‪This offers much to ponder incl how our relationships help us understand ourselves.

Dated, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see great performances of what may have once been shocking material

Don't see it if You also want a substantive story

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Dated, Quirky

See it if you're looking for a play where people are NOT just standing around screaming at each other...

Don't see it if you need non stop action...

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if Good cast,good performance,good story. Enjoyable 1:30 .it was nice to see that this play wasn't dated

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this play.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Guare's writing done very well. A bit dated but still relevant serious fun. Janney and Hickey are great with strong support.

Don't see it if do not want to deal with class and race issues.Told with great humor we are asked to think about things Be aware of full frontal male nudity

Also If you saw the original, this may not make you for get that production... Read more Read less

Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you love Alison Janney, culture clashes

Don't see it if you saw the original

Confusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you enjoy Alison Janey, literary theory, and the humor that's found in the generation gap between children and their parents

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with moments of male nudity or dislike high-brow comedy

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

See it if you want to see Corey Hawkins superbly play a charming swindler and a fantastic cast and play that will make you think and laugh.

Don't see it if you dislike ambiguous endings, nudity, or speeches about abstract ideas. You can't empathize with con men or rich elites with problems.

Thought-provoking, Abstract, Clever, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want an play that plays on the abstract and shows you the power of connections and want to see a strong performance by the billed leads

Don't see it if you dislike nudity, undertones of homosexuality or are a child

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

Confusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you love Alison Janney and are a fan of Guare's work.

Don't see it if you like edge of seat action, not the most exciting play but was a pleasant night of theater

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Quirky

See it if You want an entertaining night of watching a light hearted comedy with great acting and a "surprise" visitor!

Don't see it if You do not enjoy a light hearted comedy

Great acting, Relevant, Funny

See it if you like Alison Janney. The set is cool.

Don't see it if you know you don't love the script, because this production does nothing to improve upon the existing problems.

Resonant, Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Intriguing

See it if you want to see a very talented cast and experience intrigue and curiosity. The play keeps your attention. The title captures interest.

Don't see it if do not like plays that are offer suspense and ambiguity.

Also You are immersed in the web from start to finish. If you enjoyed readi... Read more Read less

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.

Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting

See it if Some good performances of a really intriguing play.

Don't see it if You need big production broadway shows

Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky, Must see

See it if You love theatre. Allison Janney and Corey Hawkins blew me away. The direction was flawless and very funny!

Don't see it if Do see it, no reason not to.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like contemporary (if slightly dated) plays with great performances and social commentary. You enjoy humor/satire.

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity. You don't want to explore issues of race and class with a mix of humor and serious reflection.

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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