Six Degrees of Separation (1999)

‘Six Degrees of Separation’ by John Guare (Crypt Arts Centre, Dublin Castle and Irish tour) (IP)

John Guare’s satirical comedy of manners is a joy from start to finish. We loved doing this play and it remains one of the most memorable for our audiences. It ran in the Crypt Arts Centre in April 1998 and was our first production to be reviewed by the national media.

Excerpts from reviews:

Crooked House Theatre’s production of John Guare’s play is one of those productions in which everything works effortlessly not in spite of, but because of, its limitations. Guare’s play, based on a story in the New York Times about a group of wealthy Upper Eastsiders gently deceived by a young conman claiming to be Sidney Poitier’s son, explores the delicate balance between chaos and control in a shrinking world, and the ecstacy or terror which ensues when the balance is skewed slightly. It is also a play of performances, both individual and ensemble, in which the action flows between stylised enactment and direct address to the audience. With minimal propping and fluent staging, Peter Hussey’s clear eyed and smart direction elicits detailed and precise performances from Anna Murphy, Darren Donohue and Matthew Lalor in the central roles, and builds around them a strong supporting ensemble to produce a cohesive and dynamic collective energy.

– Jocelyn Clarke, The Sunday Tribune