Six Degrees of Separation

  • by John Guare
  • Narrated by Chuma Hunter-Gault, Alan Alda, full cast
  • 1 hrs and 21 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

In a Fifth Avenue apartment high above Central Park, a weathy art dealer and his wife are trying to interest a moneyed friend in a $2 million investment when an unexpected young guest arrives - and changes their lives forever. Veering effortlessly from hilarity to pathos, this dazzling play was lauded by The New York Times as "transcendent, magical, and a masterwork." Performed by a full cast starring Alan Alda, Swoosie Kurtz, and Chuma Hunter-Gault.

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Audible Editor Reviews

The timing and expression of talented stage actors bring this play's subtle allegory home for better or worse, and usually better. Alan Alda plays Flanders Kittredge without self-consciousness. He is familiar with the phrasing necessary for this dramatic work whose essence relies on what the characters hear. Hunter-Gault makes a spoken metamorphosis from punk to prodigy, and his role is a difficult one that requires fooling other players and the listener. A full cast rounds out the production, and the live audience leads the way as we follow their amusement and their silences. The short play makes for a brief encounter, but the cast captures its charm and gravity for as long as it lasts.

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What the Critics Say

"...an excellent production of Guare's famous play." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Good but not great.

I wanted to give this one five stars, but it just misses the mark. Even on stage, it is a very difficult play to make work, and this audio production, despite the best efforts of an expert cast, especially Swoosie Kurtz, never quite leaves the page. The play, by "House of Blue Leaves" author Guare, has interesting things to say about celebrity, art, loneliness, and the lives of the not-quite-super rich, and has several good monologues, but it never fully comes together, in my opinion. All that being said, this production is well worth hearing, both for Guare's thoughts and Kurtz's excellent vocal work.
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- Gwynne O'Reagan

Six Degrees of Genius

Would you listen to Six Degrees of Separation again? Why?

I have listened to this performance a dozen times already. It is WONDERFUL and alive.


Who was your favorite character and why?

None of the characters are particularly endearing but Swoozie Kurtz breathes life into Ouisa Kitteridge.


Any additional comments?

It is beautifully done and although it seems to race at time it is the complete play done completely with love.

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- Clive Hazell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2001
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works