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

81
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if A good revival of an excellent play by Master playwright John Guare. Allison Janney's performance alone is worth the ticket price.

Don't see it if You don't like thought-provoking drama or prefer lighter fare.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You missed movie or previous production. Actors were great

Don't see it if You racist or hate gays.

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Janney, Hawkins, and cast deliver expert performances. The production is wonderful, but something didn't quite work for me.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood to take a look into the lives of privileged, rich white people. The current climate made the play seem ill-timed.

86
Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if you want to see Allison Janney at her best. Also, it features a tightly knit staging and the most striking set palette on Broadway.

Don't see it if you like Will Smith in the movie. There's something distinctly missing from Corey Hawkins' performance and this revival in general.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Riveting, Intense

See it if A peek at the mores of 5th Ave life appeals. Pursuit of the cushy life leaves the Kittridges open to Paul's persuasive con. Gripping & funny

Don't see it if Full nudity offends. The whiny rich kids are a bit over the top. Otherwise, it's worth an evening. It's closing soon.

70
Great staging, Great acting, Slow, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You like Alison Janney or the rest of this good cast! If you want to think about white anxiety and race. Good show to talk about later

Don't see it if You want to see a new take on the show. Not much new in this revival.

80
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You're a fan of the movie, You aren't looking for anything too intense and thought provoking. It's a nice afternoon's entertainment.

Don't see it if You only want to see big musicals.

90
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like Allison Janney, want a play that makes you think

Don't see it if you want something lighthearted or a musical

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting

See it if you appreciate a great cast - allison janney is as good as ever

Don't see it if see it

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Shock

See it if You want to see a truly absorbing play with great acting.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with awkward situations.

71
Overrated, Slow, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of Allison Janney.

Don't see it if You don't like "talky" plays, unpleasant characters, or unrealistic plot lines (even though the play is based on a true story).

85
Absorbing, Clever, Resonant

See it if You want to see why Allison Janney should win a Tony. Funny, thought-provoking, profound, alarming. Just go.

Don't see it if You need everything tied up with a neat bow at the end. Or if you need things to be black or white with no shades of grey.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like engaging, offbeat works about serious themes (racism, classicism, etc). Or if you're an Allison Janney fan.

Don't see it if You don't like thinkpieces, or are looking for something quicker and more action-packed.

89
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You appreciate great acting, dark humor, and a profound thoughtful play.

Don't see it if You don't like straight plays, and don't want to have to face personal questions following the play.

100
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy well acted, thought provoking and intelligent plays. Throughly interesting and absorbing. Both funny and intense.

Don't see it if The concept of all of us being connected does not intrigue you. You're looking for light hearted or musical. You want something linear.

88
Great writing, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You want to see an actress soar with a part. Well paced and the play comes through. Really smart play.

Don't see it if You're unforgiving about directors who like you to notice their directorial hand. The younger actors miss the pain behind the lines.

75
Intelligent, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are a fan of the movie or anyone in the cast

Don't see it if you expect the play to be what it was in its original premier

80
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Alison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey and/or Corey Hawkins and high brow/fast paced humour.

Don't see it if you can't handle full frontal male nudity

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

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a evening of theatre that moves with very good casting and a story that keeps you engaged. Plus Janney and Hickey are terrific.

Don't see it if male nudity offends you.

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if you like your dramas with some great comedy mixed in. The cast is fantastic. The show is very well written.

Don't see it if you don't want to see nudity. Spoiler: there is a nude dude throughout one scene. Or if you're offended by simulated gay sex.

Also This was an exceptional 90 minutes of theatre. I would highly recommen... Read more Read less

75
Dated, Engaging, Unexceptional

See it if you're a diehard Allison Janney fan, or crave gratuitous male nudity

Don't see it if you have fond memories of the original production

84
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you want a modern classic with great acting. Very good production.

Don't see it if You've seen Six Degrees before and didn't like it. Or you want a musical.

87
Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want a relevant play with strong performances. Their chemistry is amazing and really is a powerful story. I left the theatre moved.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with race or homophobic. Hawkins works his way into a rich white couples lives and shows a few homosexual scenes.

Also Shame this play closed a month early. Not surprised, but it deserved t... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to be sparked with existential thoughts and questions

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays that poke fun at young people and have dark themes; you're bothered by full-frontal nudity and sex


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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