Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Six Degrees of Separation"

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"SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION"

by John Guare
directed by Paul Conroy

Paul ... Kyree T. Miller
Ouisa ... Janet Ferreri
Flan ... Mark Bourbeau
Kitty ... Victoria J. Taylor
Larkin ... Tom Motekaitis
Dr. Fine; Doorman ... James Skypeck
Geoffrey; Detective ... Jim Taber
Tess; Elizabeth ... Tricia Davis
Ben; Rick ... Jeff Long
Trent; Doug ... David Lucey
Hustler; Woody; Policeman ... CJ Palmer

Nearly twenty years old, John Guare’s SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, about a young African-American who cons his way into the lives of affluent New Yorkers, remains fascinating Cubist fun and the Newton County Players do a good community job of keeping its torch burning. Paul Conroy’s production is stretched across MassBay’s lengthy stage, causing his ensemble to jog, sprint or stride on and off and the body rhythms are from the ‘burbs rather than from concrete canyons. Happily, the all-important duets between Janet Ferreri’s Ouisa and Kyree T. Miller’s Paul are fresh and moving and Mark Bourbeau roars impressively as Flan. Mr. Bourbeau continues to react as if he were one of many in a crowd scene which may work in crowd scenes but not in small ensembles, but he also possesses the rare stage-gift of being loveable. Falstaff comes to mind, of course, but only if Big Daddy follows…and what stage-villains might be hiding behind Mr. Bourbeau’s jovial smile?

"Six Degrees of Separation" (26 January - 4 February)
NEWTON COUNTY PLAYERS
MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street, WELLESLEY HILLS, MA
1 (617) 244-9538

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