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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You’ve got to read it all at once. There are no acts or scene breaks and the dialogue and action is continuous, plus it’s only 55 pages, so read it in one sitting. Onto the play itself. Or at least I thought it was. It’s clever—very clever—but it never becomes pretentious or crosses the line into self-indulgence. The dialogue never seems separated from the action, in fact it conveys the action, it is the action.
It’s int First things first: It’s intelligent and breathless and effervescent, with characters constantly finishing each other’s sentences and speaking on the phone and speaking to the audience, but it’s smooth, too, transitioning seamlessly from flashbacks and reminiscences to dream sequences and fights.
Guare’s writing is the seamlessness of his imagery, characters and themes, as if this play had erupted from his own imagination in one perfect piece. 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 still suspect that it only took him as long as it takes to physically type up the script—two days, max.
Which makes me incredibly envious. Sure, there’s more to it than brilliant writing.
There are larger concepts churning behind all this wonderful dialogue—love, death, class, the value of the imagination, the purpose of deception, the fragmented nature of a life—but the great thing about Six Degrees of Separation is that even if you don’t bother thinking about any of these themes and just take the play on its face, it’s still wonderful. Before I go, I want to mention the movie adaptation. I actually watched it before reading the play sacrilege, I know—but, in my defence, I didn’t know it was an adaptation until after I saw it!
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I have a lot more respect for it after reading the source material, too; the script is almost exactly the same, word for word. All the actors are great and I highly recommend it—the ending is slightly more definitive johh the play’s ending, too—plus the casting, in my opinion, is spot on.
Young, gay Will Smith! I’m pretty sure this was his debut movie, too. Hippie Anthony Michael Hall! South African Ian McKellen! What could be better?
Six Degrees of Separation (film) – Wikipedia
And if, for some unfathomable reason, you don’t want to read the play and want to watch it instead, I’m confident that you’d get alllllmost as much out of the movie as you would out of the play, since they’re so close. All in all, I loved this play, I loved this story. There are some really breathtaking monologues and witty exchanges and the dialogue is generally noteworthy, but taken as a whole, this play is just something else. La sua tesi parte dall’analisi del libro Il giovane Holden e si conclude con Il signore degli anelli e lega l’idea della paralisi degli esseri umani a quella relativa alla morte della fantasia.
La fantasia, secondo l’autore, ci permette di segnare dei limiti da travalicare, ci insegna ad andare oltre di noi. Un estratto del monologo: Ho finito il libro Il giovane Holden, n. In altre parole, un’immagine piuttosto accurata di un adolescente maschio. Il ragazzo non riesce a funzionare. E alla fine, prima che possa scappare e cominciare una nuova vita, comincia a piovere e lui lascia perdere tutto. Le ultime straordinarie parole di “Apettando Godot” Jun 29, Courtney rated it it was amazing Shelves: We are ingrained from birth to want to be different people by the ads on television and billboards saying “look like this.
I’ll wear my dirty shoes if I want to and not give a damn. So what if I don’t party and drink all night long. I’m too busy taking care of Karen’s upstocks and shelving. And also snuggling with my kitty.
That’s what I’d rather do. So I have no need to be an imposter. I’m sneaky but I’m a terrible liar. Feb 02, Valerie Cunningham rated it did not like it Shelves: I found the narrative style to be really interesting, but the actual story was terrible.
All the characters were so stupid, and then the ending was just awful. At first I wanted to like it, but then there was so much language and sexual things that I completely lost all that I had liked from the very beginning.
Feb 28, Peter added it Shelves: But the way it moves through them feels a little unsettling, a little paranormal, like all the characters are floating around in the ether, and not in New York City. In Six Degrees of SeparationSneaky! In Six Degrees of Separationcharacters from different classes and backgrounds are thrown together in unusual situations, and we watch as they endear themselves to each other, enrage each other, and ultimately confront the differences that separate them.
In production, characters in Six Degrees sometimes speak to the audience and sometimes speak to each other. Sometimes the play feels natural, other times it takes on the feel of an abstract ensemble performance.
Notably, the title plays only a small part in the play, and the theme of interconnectivity between all people falls in behind more dominant themes of class and race.
Do I recommend it?
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Would I teach it? Lasting impression A puzzle. Oct 26, Evan marked it as to-read Shelves: I had to dump someone whose only contribution to my newsfeed was that she was adding a new friend at least four times a day and by which time she had accumulated more than 1, on her way to that apparently much desired and exalted 5,friend limit imposed by Goodreads.
This made me ponder the theoretical idea of what might constitute the ideal number of Goodreads friends. Then, I remembered this play and the concept implied in its title, and thought that perhaps the number might be 6. I’m not I had to dump someone whose only contribution to my newsfeed was that she was adding a new friend at least four times a day and by which time she had accumulated more than 1, on her way to that apparently much desired and exalted 5,friend limit imposed by Goodreads.
I’m not rating this yet, since to date I’ve only seen the film, which I love. Based on that I would give the play at least four stars. View all 9 comments. Very good read I liked how it was constant all the way through and how the stage directions faded in and out characters constantly jumping to each scene.
Very much liked the style of writing. Mar 15, Realini rated it really liked it. Six Degrees of Separation, written by John Guare, based on his play There are some interesting, provocative, erudite segments in this like able, very good film. Donald Sutherland, Will Smith and the rest of the cast are magnificent in their roles.
Ian McKellen has the role of rich Geoffrey Miller, a South African who owns a gold mine and other assets and he is supposed to go out Six Degrees of Separation, written by John Guare, based on his play There are some interesting, provocative, erudite segments in this like able, very good film. Ian McKellen has the role of rich Geoffrey Miller, a South African who owns a gold mine and other assets and he is supposed to go out with his hosts and discuss business, perhaps a two million dollar investment in a painting by Cezanne.
Suddenly, an African American is at the door, wounded and robbed as he explains and he is a colleague of their children. This handsome, well mannered young man tells the story of the robbery and the consequent destitution 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 back channels, people with an established reputation like the Kitteredges.
They give the stranger their attention, they get the first aide book and then the treatment, take a pink shirt from their son-who would be so outraged and loud upon hearing about it- and they offer to take the pleasant, entertaining man for dinner, with the prospective investor.
An important element in this special attitude and generosity might be the information that the man is called Paul Poitier and he is the son of the celebrated, popular, famous, valued Sydney Poitier. Has some stories to tell, about visiting Cannes, Moscow with his Deity-father and furthermore, there are some erudite, sophisticated, challenging commentaries that the visitor makes on literature.
He talks about Catcher in the Rye, alienation, the fact that this book has inspired criminals, the killer who murdered John Lennon, the man who tried to assassinate Ronald Reagan. One of them, in his defense, said that all they need to do is read the book. Let’s go Yes The author writes that they do not move. The continuation is more absurd, for the young man claims he would meet with his father, who wants to make a movie based on That sounds preposterous to his audience and it would be proved that their opinion is valid, even if they accept the offer to act However, in the morning, Ouisa hears strange moaning and other sounds, when she is worried and enters the room of the guest, there is the visitor entertaining and having sex with a male friend.
Feb 01, Michael McClain rated it really liked it.