Six Degrees of Separation is playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre located at 243 west 47th Street. It runs one hour thirty five minutes with no intermission. The play closes on July 16, 2017.
John Guare is the playwright. The play was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1990.
It premiered off Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse at Lincoln Center on May 16, 1990. Stockard Channing won an Obie Award for Best Actress for her performance. John Guare won an Obie for the script. It transferred to Broadway on November 8, 1990 at the Beaumont Theatre. The show closed on January 5, 1992 after 485 performances. It was nominated for four Tony Awards, winning for Best Director (Jerry Zaks).
This production was nominated for two 2017 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play and Best Lead Actor Corey Hawkins.
Clint Ramos is the costume designer. He won a Tony Award for Eclipsed in 2016.
Allison Jenny was nominated for two Tony Awards, 9-5 (2009) and A View From the Bridge (1998). She won two Drama Desk Awards for 9-5 (2009) and A View from The Bridge (1998). Allison was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Present laughter (1997). She won four Primetime Emmys in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and was nominated in 2003 and 2006 for West Wing. Allison won a Primetime Emmy in 2014 and 2015 for Mom and was nominated in 2016 for the same show.
John Benjamin Hickey was won for a Tony Award for The Normal Heart (2011). He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2013 for The Big C? Here After.
Lisa Emery was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards for The Collections & A Kind of Alaska (2011), Abigail’s Party (2006) and Marvin’s Room (1992).
Ouisa (Allison Janney) and her husband Flan (John Benjamin Hickey) come out in their bathrobes. It seems they has an intruder in their apartment and were wondering if anything was taken.
When they take off their bathrobes it is the beginning of the evening. They are entertaining Geoffrey (Michael Siberry). Flan is hopping he will come in on a project he is developing. He needs two million dollars. Geoffrey says yes. There is a knock on the door. It is Paul (Corey Hawkins). He says he was robbed in Central Park; they took his money, computer and phone. Paul says he is a friend of their children. He has no place to go. They invite him in. He claims to be the son of Sidney Poitier and is seeing him the next day. He’s invited to sleep over and they give him $50. When they go to sleep he goes out and pick up a man and brings him back. Hustler (James Cusati-Moyer) is running around the living naked. Paul said he was lonely. They kick him out. Paul pull’s the scam on Kitty (Lisa Emery) and her husband Larkin (Michael Countryman) and Dr. Fine (Ned Eisenberg). What they all have in common is their children are friends. They all call their children together to see if they know who Paul is. Ouisa daughter Tess (Colby Minifie) thinks she know who might. She pays him a visit, Trent (Chris Perfetti) does.
The police won’t do anything. Paul tells the doorman in Flans building that he is Flan’s son.
The story continues with another scam that has serious consequences.
This is a very enjoyable play. It is well acted. The cast does a great job.
The set is well done.
I like it when the cast at times talks to the audience.
This is a revival worth seeing.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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