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re: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Last Night
Posted by: lordofspeech 11:29 pm EDT 04/18/17
In reply to: re: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Last Night - lowwriter 11:09 pm EDT 04/18/17

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There were a lot of things Jerry Zaks' original direction did right, including keeping it at a nearly farce-like pace so that the socio-political themes were kept bouncing up in the air. It isn't a deep play, even though it is about deep things, but it has a kind of perfection in that the surface lives of the privileged people is reflected in the style of the play. I don't know that it's as disturbing or as good a play as "House of Blue Leaves." I also doubt that the nightmare spectre of the "other" (gay, black, poor) is examined fully except as it disturbs the rich, white protagonists. But it does hold a mirror up to the insularity and emptiness of Ouisa's world, which is arresting in itself. The relatively incidental suicide of the young man was, for me, the most shocking and yet the least integrated element in the piece. I have not seen this production.
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