Allison Janney to star in Broadway revival of ‘Six Degrees of Separation’

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Mom star Allison Janney and Manhattan alum John Benjamin Hickey are set to star John Guare’s play Six Degrees of Separation, the show’s producers confirmed Tuesday.

Trip Cullman will direct the Broadway production, which is to open at the Barrymore Theatre in April. The limited engagement will run for 15 weeks.

Full casting, design team and production dates will be announced at a later date.

“Inspired by a true story, the play follows the trail of a young black con man, Paul, who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, Ouisa and Flan Kittredge, saying he knows their son at college,” a press release noted. “Claiming he’s the son of actor Sidney Poitier, Paul tells them he has just been mugged and all his money is gone. Captivated by Paul’s intelligence [and the possibility of appearing in his father’s new movie,] the Kittredges invite him to stay overnight. After finding him in bed with a hustler, their picture of Paul changes, and Ouisa and Flan turn detective trying to piece together the connections that gave him access to their lives. Meanwhile, Paul’s cons unexpectedly lead him into darker territory as his lies begin to catch up with him.”

Janney, who is best known for her work on the iconic TV series The West Wing, was also presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday. She can now be seen in the movie Girl on the Train.

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