Friday, November 21, 2008

Six Degrees of Separation (Signal Ensemble Theatre) - 11/21/08

John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation" is being given a competent rendition by the folks at Signal. It's a tough play to mount well because of the fractured nature of the play (it's composed of short, almost stunted scenes) and the requirement for a large cast. Signal does well with these aspects by staging the show in-the-round, allowing for razor sharp transitions and keeping a focused sense of intimacy. However, this is also a play about expansive ideas and deep, complex feelings. As yet, the cast does admirably with the language, yet there is a hollowness to the the evening. The show is performed smartly, but the devastation beneath the veneer is hardly evident.

Rating: **1/2 (out of *****)

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