You may be surprised: John Cleese links Watson with Bacon directly, leaving Watson with a “Bacon number” of 2 (the number of shared movie appearances linking Watson and Bacon).— named so because the Albright College trio had found that no actor is more than 6 shared movie appearances (“degrees”) away from indirectly collaborating with Kevin Bacon. Intrigued by the coincidence, the students started counting how many films Kevin Bacon had acted in and speculating how many actors he had appeared on film with.
One of the most famous experiments was by the American sociologist Stanley Milgram.Some great claims have been made for John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation, first staged in New York in 1990. The play is smart, sharp, funny and briefly touching, but it is essentially little more than an enjoyable comedy about a con artist, continually burdened by faux profundity, not least the modish notion that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else by a chain of just six other people. a masterwork”, raved Frank Rich in The New York Times, while others have hailed it as a classic of modern American theatre.For a group of ultra-wealthy New York theater snobs, the characters in “Six Degrees of Separation” sure do spend a lot of time talking about “Cats.” In “Six Degrees,” the 1990 John Guare play that opened on Broadway April 25 in a new revival starring Allison Janney and Corey Hawkins, it’s the prospect of a role in a “Cats” film that helps a con man (Hawkins) fleece an Upper East Side couple (Janney and John Benjamin Hickey) and their friends.The “Cats” movie is both a punchline and a recurring symbol of the yearning — for status, for money, for connection — at the play’s core.