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Six Degrees of Separation Paperback – January 5, 1992
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And so the evening commences with a friend from South Africa; they are discussing poverty, the downtrodden and the oppressed, overblown intellectual banter to elevate the ego and make the evening progress smoothly and divinely. But the night is anything but that, for it is dramatically interrupted by Paul - a young black homosexual flimflammer or Peter Funk man with a penchant for male street hustlers (only when he is happy - his words). He comes into the lives of these two unwitting victims after stabbing and passing himself off as a friend to their children who are at Harvard. And what else does her profess? You guessed it - that he is the son of you-know-who: Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier, the most eminent black actor of his generation, the hero that has been the catalyst for the lives of these socially and politically 'aware' forty-somethings.
Paul charms and bedazzles himself into the lives of those he encounters, using his wit, knowledge, ease and most importantly, his race, more specifically, Sidney Poitier's name. As the play intensifies, Paul promises the Kittredge's and future unsuspecting victims minor roles in the movie version of Cats, for which his 'father' is purportedly directing.Read more ›
Mr. guare has adapted this story to the playbook with astoinding creativity and brilliance. His characters grow and learn with each passing scene. Mr. Guare is an incredible author who has built a beautiful world on the stage. I can't imagine how wonderful a sight this must be when seen live. SIX DEGREES OF SEPERATION is essential when studying or performing modern theater. Nothing this decade has stood out as much as this play.
it is about many things, primarily dealing with the nature of social role. but you'll find more than that, you'll find issues in meaning, art, color, dreams, all wrapped up into what can be seen as a social commentary.
The characters' personalities are also quite deep. After the first couple of times that I read through the script, I realized that there was so much more to the characters than what was written on the page. Guare does a wonderful job of letting the reader use his imagination and create his own backgrounds and deeper personalities for the characters.
This play is an intellectual-artsy type for those who are willing to examine their trust for strangers.
I think SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION is a great play. Most of the characters are pretentious and snobbish and at times not very likeable. However, they have no idea that they are pretentious, they think they are charming, and very likeable. The irony is that it takes a con man who no one really knows to help them take their own masks off and truly see themselves for the first time.Read more ›
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Excellent play, but disturbing. More appropriate as a text for college than high school where I encountered it being taught to a student I was tutoring.Published 2 months ago by makeway4ducklings
Six Degrees is a weird little play. The way the characters are directed to regularly speak to the audience to relay past events or what has transpired between scenes is really... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Swank Ivy
While I never get as much reward from reading a play as a novel, I did find the message awesome, John Guare makes us THINK, and that's important.Published on September 21, 2013 by Gwen P. Choate
i have not read the book yet - heard many good things about it - i will update when i am done reading.Published on June 7, 2013 by bigcheese
This is a beautifully written play. And wonderful to read. The fact that I saw Stockard Channing in the original and can hear her as I read it, probably helps.Published on April 9, 2013 by Prof J
I forgot to write this review, but this is an amazing play. I read it and re-read it after I received it. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Jay
I am requesting the book (not the play) for this Title. I do know that it was a true story. Cab you help me find this book?
Maybe its me, but where did the concept of six degrees of separation come in? That being said, I enjoyed the pacing and language of this play, and the characters were strong and... Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by Vance