Marilyn Stasio
March 22, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Six Degrees of Separation

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Stockard Channing, Will Smith, Donald Sutherland, Bruce Davison, Heather Graham, Anthony Michael Hall, Mary Beth Hurt, Catherine Kellner, Ian McKellen, Anthony Rapp
director
Fred Schepisi
author
John Guare
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

Broadway theaters always fill up around Easter, making reservations a must for holiday visitors. To call for tickets, phone Ticketron (T) at 212-246-0102 or Telecharge (TC) at 800-233-3123; in New York, 212-239-6200. It can be hard to get choice seats for Cats (Winter Garden, 1634 Broadway, TC), Les Miserables (Imperial, 249 W. 45 St., TC), Phantom of the Opera (Majestic, 247 W. 44 St., TC), and Miss Saigon (Broadway, 1681 Broadway, TC), in previews starting March 23. But seats are available for many others, ranging from big musicals to the one-person shows: Jackie Mason: Brand New (Neil Simon, 250 W. 52 St., T) and The Big Love with Tracey Ullman (Plymouth, 236 W. 45 St., TC).

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center, 150 W. 65 St., TC
John Guare’s high comedy of manners sinks its teeth into the smooth white neck of Manhattan’s liberal-intellectual society, which falls all over itself being civil to a young charmer (Courtney B. Vance) claiming to be Sidney Poitier’s son. Stockard Channing is heartbreakingly funny as the hostess who longs to believe in human connectedness. A

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