POST: 'Six Degrees of Separation' - one thing stuck with me, class differences
What's it about?
On the Upper West Side of Manhattan live the Kittredges. A well-off family who have all the wealth they could imagine, along with a little extra. One fateful night a con-man named Paul walks into their lives, but leaves making sure they're never the same.
What I experienced:
So right off the bat I can say that I wasn't very excited to go and see this play. On a Thursday night after work the last thing I want to do is travel all the way to Broadway just to give a couple of people the RBF I had glued on my face and get home at 10 o' clock. But overall, I can say that it was worth it and here's why.
Over a few jokes and the crowd applauding Allison Janey as she walked out to perform as Ouisa (or Mrs. Kittredge), the play began and I was immediately taken away by the scenery. Sitting between fifty people I've never met or seen before in my life while also trying to hold back the snot of my allergy-plagued nose was actually a pretty fun time for myself and obviously those around me. As the play continued though, one thing stuck with me and that is the idea of class differences.
One thing I LOVE about theater is it's ability to relate with me no matter what topic it may be, or where it be. Whether it's in my own backyard or countries away, the points of the story can resonate with me and I greatly appreciate that. Six Degrees made me think about class differences and the opportunities it gives. If you're rich or poor, black or white, what are the opportunities you're given based on your social class? As we watched the Kittredge's live and be most worried about where their next art auction and 2.5 million dollar investment for their Chinese restaurant on the corner was coming from, I watched Paul be worried about where his next stay was coming from. As not only did each of these characters differentiate in class, they differentiated in color, and it's almost too obvious that you can see that formed the characters of this play.
Class differences is something I understand, it's something I've lived with. When all of my friends lived in houses growing up, I lived in an apartment. I could see how the wealth of the Kittredge's provided such a comfortable social bubble for them to live in, while Paul had to put up with digging and scratching his way through, just for his next place to live. Even though, yes, conning people is not the best way to go about making money. I do understand the concept of doing what you have to do in this world to provide for yourself and the ones you love. These characters were so close on stage, yet so far apart in reality.
Toward the end, Mrs. Kittredge pointed out something that I never knew before. Every person on this Earth, is only separated by six people. Hence, the six degrees in the title Six Degrees of Separation (because what would a play be without saying the name of it out loud on stage to make a point, right?). All 7 billion people on this Earth, are only separated by six people. Myself and former President Obama? I only have to find the RIGHT six people to connect me with that man. That creep in math class? Well, they're only six people from being your closest friend or most hated companion. It's amazing to think any and everyone, are only a total number of SIX people away from us. Crazy, huh?
If you're sensitive about the human body or have kids with you, this play may not be for you. There was a scene where Paul and a man were having intercourse and to say the least, after they were found there was something flopping all over the stage. Go figure for yourself, if you're interested.
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