Six Degrees of Separation has ratings and 99 reviews. Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast) said: First things first: read this play in one Complete summary of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Six Degrees of Separation. SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION. Written by. John Guare. April 1. INT KITTREDGE’S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM DAWN. JOHN FLANDERS KITTREDGE.

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University of Delaware Press. Some Americans companies began pulling out of South Africa. Once the truth about his background has emerged, however, and Paul faces arrest, he admits the falsity of his earlier words. Six degrees of separation. I am the voice that wakes you up and says this is what I’m afraid of. Sep 03, Swankivy rated it really liked it. How Paul found us. When life is not all that we want it to be, it is easy to have the wool pulled over our eyes.

Paul is the consummate actor, picking up pieces of life from his victims, and assimilating these pieces into his consciousness. When Guare wrote the play, it had been running for many years. A review of the film in the Washington Post.

The president of the United States. They have a lovely evening together until a darker side of Paul is eventually revealed, and the lies keep coming.

Towards the end of the play, in a climactic moment of reflection, she delivers the play’s most famous monologue:. These musicals involved spectacular sets and lavish musical arrangements, and often had unusual themes or settings.

The play explores the existential premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else in the world by a chain of no more than six acquaintances, thus, ” six degrees of separation “. I’m not rating this yet, since to date I’ve only seen the film, which I love. Bryer, Rutgers University Press,p.

The Elliotts told Guare about the story and it inspired him to write the play years later. This article is a discussion of the state ssparation contemporary theater among modern playwrights, including Guare.


Imagination is an important theme in the play. Six degrees of separation between me and everyone else on this planet. Ironically, in the environment of the wealthy elite and the established intelligentsia, it was a sharpie who made this couple and others similar to them see the gift that life and living really is. The whole play is filtered through Ouisa Kittredge. One night Paul takes Rick out on the town, and seduces him in order to get the money.

Now he has no money until he meets his father, the famous actor Sidney Poitierthe following day. There are some very overt references to it, as when the protagonist explains the thesis paper he has just written on The Catcher in The Rye [16] to the family who takes him in for the night. There are no acts or sux breaks and the dialogue and action is continuous, plus it’s only 55 pages, so read it in one sitting.

Later that night, Rick tells Elizabeth that Paul is gone, that he has all their money, and that he and Paul had sex.

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Paul, a skillful con-artist, mysteriously appears at their door one night, injured and bleeding, claiming to be a close college friend of their Ivy League kids, as well as the son of Sidney Poitier.

Guare tackles sex, race, and class politics, degress the unity of family and structure in the otherwise meaningless chaos of life. The other people Paul bamboozled? But the night is anything but that, for it is dramatically interrupted by Paul – a young black homosexual flimflammer or Peter Funk gusre with a penchant for male street hustlers only when he is happy – his words. By the mids, the economy was degees, but many critics charged that not all Americans were benefiting equally.

How every person is a new door, opening up into other worlds. He eventually completed The House of Blue Leaves, and he staged it in Sepagation schemes become highbrow-legend, anecdotal onaccountawhich are bantered about at their cocktail parties. Have his charisma and convincing lies convinced more people to trust him, give him money, and become seduced in more ways than one?


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.

Six Degrees of Separation

Did not like the characters and the end kind of hung out there for me. Channing does a fine transition here, turning the ditzy dame of most of the play into a woman with the imagination to feel pain and distress.

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.

In order to enter their world, Paul must develop these arrogant habits. A strong influence on the play is the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.

The passion he once felt for art has been supplanted by the great sums of money it can earn for him. They are aware of johm position inside society yet they don’t seem to realise how ridiculous it sounds to paternalise the other, the unknown.

The continuation is more absurd, for the young man claims he would meet with his father, who wants to make a movie based on AIDS also came to the forefront of the American consciousness. Degrefs the end, Paul sepzration a profound effect on the many individuals who encounter him, linking them in their shared experience. All the actors are great and I highly recommend it—the ending is slightly more definitive than the play’s ending, too—plus the casting, in my opinion, is spot on.

I was actually sort of surprised by how much rough language and random sexual content was braided into this short play, though I don’t know why I was expecting otherwise. I found the guwre style to be really interesting, but the actual story was terrible.

Six Degrees is a weird little play.