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‘Six Degrees of Separation’ Broadway Revival to Close Early


From left, Michael Countryman, Lisa Emery, Corey Hawkins, John Benjamin Hickey and Allison Janney in “Six Degrees of Separation,” which will close on June 18.

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The revival of “Six Degrees of Separation” on Broadway, which won neither of the Tony Awards it was nominated for and has struggled to gain traction at the box office, will close a month earlier than planned.

Like “The Glass Menagerie,” which also closed prematurely despite luxury casting (Sally Field) and a script by a respected playwright (Tennessee Williams), “Six Degrees” was greeted with shrugs by critics and failed to catch on in a crowded Broadway market. It will close on June 18, instead of July 16.

The play, by John Guare, will have been open for 21 previews and 63 regular performances. It had been planned for a 15-week limited run. The original 1990 Broadway production, which was a Tony nominee and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, ran for 485 performances.

Directed by Trip Cullman, who also directed the short-lived Broadway run of “Significant Other” this past season, the revival starred Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey and the “Straight Outta Compton” star Corey Hawkins. Ben Brantley, in his New York Times review, admired the play but was ambivalent about this staging.

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