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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Paul demonstrates his schizophrenic tendencies at the end of the play. In so doing, she loses all connection with him.

Six Degrees is a weird little play. Besides the catchy title which teases you to research and get distracted for a long timeI got a few laughs, thanks to the unbounded wit and the unique narration. With Rick and Elizabeth, Paul spins a story of being forsaken by his father, and the couple feels so badly for him that they invite him to stay with them.

But to find the right six people.

When he first meets the wealthy socialites, he tells them his name is Paul Poitier. Unlike the characters in Six Degrees, he has the imagination to see people more clearly than his upbringing taught him he should. 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.

All this rambling to say — I didn’t really enjoy Six Degrees of Separation. Guare has long been recognized as a playwright who can successfully blend the two genres of farce, a type of outrageous comedy, and tragedy.

Did not like the characters and the end kind of hung out there for me. The way the characters are directed to regularly speak to the audience to relay past events or what has transpired between scenes is really interesting–not only because that means they don’t have to stage those moments, but because you can then hear the presentation of the ideas from the character’s point of view or, more often, the way it seems to the characters as they talk over each other to tell you what’s going on.


All the characters were so stupid, and then the ending was just awful. Just as casually as the Kittredges do, he manages to drop numerous references into his conversation.

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Nothing I read made me think, “Oh well, that’s profound,” or “Hmmm, I’ll remember that.

The experience leads to growth and her spiritual rebirth. How Paul found us. They are naive wannabe actors jhon have settled in New York from their native Utah. He has been a longtime member of the Dramatists Guild and was elected in to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Spending cuts on federal programs nohn hurt poor people. Also that year, President Ronald Reagan came under attack. So what if I don’t party and drink all night long. The one deception that we witness involves an art dealer, more concerned with the deal than the art; his wife, who has a talent for non sequitur; and their guest, a liberal South African billionaire.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He eventually completed The House of Blue Leaves, and he staged it in Cats, which was based on the work guxre English poet T.

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Flan and Ouisa are private dealers, as they explain in one scene, some rich clients prefer to avoid galleries, somethings publicity and the press and would rather use sis channels, people with an established reputation like the Kitteredges.

AIDS also came to the forefront of the American consciousness. Donald Sutherland, Will Smith and the rest of the cast are magnificent in their roles.


John Guare says we are only separate from other people on this sepqration by six degrees, or six people. National tour was launched in Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Paul’s schemes become highbrow-legend, anecdotal onaccountawhich are bantered about at their cocktail parties.

Paul is the consummate actor, picking up pieces of life from his victims, and assimilating these pieces into his consciousness. He tells them about his theories about the imagination. Or at least I giare it was.

Retrieved from ” https: Its original ten-week run was extended almost immediately. Paul has a minor stab separatoon from an attempted mugging, and says he’s a friend of their children at Harvard University. Students at some campuses, such as at the University of California at Berkeley, protested and even shut down administrative and class buildings.

I hope I didn’t spoil too much and that you are intrigued to read the book now. He also called up several magazines and newspapers to promote the play. I have a lot more respect for it after reading the source material, too; the script is almost exactly the same, word for word.

Six Degrees of Separation

It’s not just big names. Between andnew AIDS cases reported for women more than tripled. Which is funny because Guare, in his preface, talks about the inherent difficulty of writing and of getting back to that which is truly “us,” and in doing so he tries to get us to believe that he has slaved over this play, but I degress suspect that it only took him as long as it takes to physically type up the script—two days, max.

In Six Degrees of SeparationSneaky!