New in 2017 A young man cons his way into the lives of a wealthy New York couple in this revival of John Guare's award-winning play.
From the producers: Inspired by a true story, John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation" follows the trail of a young black con man who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy white New York couple. After a shocking surprise, however, their picture of the young man changes, and the couple try to piece together the connections that gave him access to their lives.
"Six Degrees of Separation" premiered Off-Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 1990, before moving to the Vivian Beaumont Theater later that year. The play received the 1991 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, an Obie Award for playwright John Guare and the 1993 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. It was a finalist for the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. The original Broadway cast featured Stockard Channing as Ouisa, John Cunningham as Flan and Courtney B. Vance as Paul.
The cast is headed by seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney ("Mom," "The Girl on the Train"), Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey ("The Normal Heart," "Manhattan") and Corey Hawkins ("Straight Outta Compton," "24: Legacy"). Trip Cullman ("Significant Other," "Punk Rock") directs.
Guare’s other plays include "A Free Man Of Color" (Pulitzer Prize finalist), "House of Blue Leaves" (Obie/NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play), "Two Gentlemen of Verona" (NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Tony Award for Best Musical) and Sweet Smell of Success (Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical).
While two sensational performances occupy the play's molten center, the entire ensemble that surrounds them is on fire. That heat is due in part to Cullman's whiplash pacing. But it also rises from the play itself...it remains a work of stinging satirical brilliance, creeping poignancy and teasing ambiguity. The play remains very much of its time, which doesn't mean it's not still hugely entertaining, clever and provocative, especially in Cullman's superbly cast, high-octane production.
Beautifully unsettling...Guare's delicious social satire [has] aged far better than you'd expect, considering that the title phrase is now firmly entrenched in our vernacular. Allison Janney [is] absolutely sublime. The way that Ouisa and Flan - and their friends - get fooled by Paul provides plenty of comic fodder. But there's plenty of profundity as well.