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Lenore Field as Ouisa, David Sennett as Flan, and J. Alphonse Nicholson as Paul (photo courtesy Ghost & Spice Productions)

“Six Degrees of Separation” Is Sassy and Smart

On the surface, all of the characters of “Six Degrees of Separation” end up being victims, in one way or another, of a charming young African-American conman named Paul (J. Alphonse Nicholson), who sashays into multiple lives claiming to be the son of movie star Sidney Poitier. On a deeper level, however, it’s really hard to say. Perhaps it’s greed, an obsession with celebrity, or maybe they have an emptiness or need that Paul sniffs out, fills, and then worsens when he disappears.

In “Six Degrees of Separation,” a Young Black Con Man Pretends to Be the Son of Actor Sidney Poitier

Inspired by the true story of con man David Hampton, who pretended to be the son of actor Sidney Poitier, “Six Degrees of Separation” follows the trail of a young black con man, Paul [Alphonse Nicholson], who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, Ouisa and Flan Kittredge [Lenore Field and David Sennett], claiming he knows their son at college.