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 *****)