The Seeing Place Theater presents this evening of two one acts: a psychological thriller about human cloning from Caryl Churchill, and Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about suicide. More…
Caryl Churchill's 'A Number' is a play that explores the issue of human cloning through the relationships between a father and his three sons. A tight two-hander taking place in a not-too-far off future, Churchill's play is a philosophical investigation into free will and the question of nature versus nurture.
"'Night Mother" begins with Jessie calmly telling her Mama that by morning she will be dead, as she plans to commit suicide that very evening. The subsequent dialogue slowly reveals Jessie's life with Mama and the reasons for her decision, culminating in a disturbing, yet unavoidable, climax.
See it if you've never seen Night Mother. Message (right to suicide) is controversial, but tension thru-out is impressive. Well acted, esply Thelma.
Don't see it if you're impatient w subpar work. A Number is interesting, but not well written/acted.. Inferior to Nt Mother. Long evening, depressing.
See it if You enjoy The Twilight Zone. Both shows (but especially A Number) reminded me of TTZ episodes. A little dark, odd and timely.
Don't see it if You can’t appreciate downtown theatre done in a basement on a shoestring budget. I love it but...this ain’t Phantom!
See it if A number is about cloning. Night mother is about suicide
Don't see it if A number was awful bad acting, confusing story. Night mother much better mother was great. If you want 2 good shows
See it if #1: Your secretly cloned kids come back to haunt you. #2: Your kid wants to give you a manicure, then kill herself. Sinister humor.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy dark comedy that is mostly dark but ultimately ridiculous. If you are willing to accept the premise, you will enjoy the ride
See it if Brandon Walker is great in 3 roles. Both shows needed this re-showing. Small intimate space makes one "WITH" the actors.
Don't see it if Both shows are two-handers. Both shows should be checked out re: info or old descriptions before attending.
See it if you are willing to spend a long, intense evening looking at some of the darkest, most intractable of human problems.
Don't see it if you want something short, funny & light.
See it if you enjoy good acting in short plays that explore dark subjects. These two pack a lot of impact in minimal budget productions with good tech
Don't see it if you value time and comfort as it was uncomfortably warm and the seating is harsh for two productions which each ran long.
See it if Curious mash of Churchill/Norman and cloning(giving birth)/suicide(taking life away). 2nd act is more grounded & absorbing than moral 1st.
Don't see it if The dull first act doesn't justify the 3hr.-running time, though "'Night, Mother" always remains compelling drama. Tiny performance space.
See it if A Number: human cloning, individual identity, and getting a do-over. ‘Night Mother: depression, suicide, and futile intervention.
Don't see it if You aren’t prepared for very dark subject matter. An intense and intimate production in a small black box theatre.
See it if You want to see two old one act plays that you’re probably not familiar with
Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing two separate plays that both deal with family issues
See it if you’ll make allowances for strong plays that for some reason aren't staged often enough. AN is a solid script; NM is an exceptional one.
Don't see it if Of the 4 actors only Brandberg (Thelma) is spot on. Others a bit off the mark. One sounds like she has laryngitis & it's distracting.
See it if you enjoy theater that touches on real life issues such as nature vs nurture, cloning and end of life issues
Don't see it if quirky odd characters and edgy story lines don't appeal to you
See it if You want to see two very interesting plays in their own right performed by some talented performers. One play about life and one about death
Don't see it if You are not comfortable seeing a play about human cloning and one about suicide. You want something light and fluffy.
See it if You know this theatre company and enjoy their work, or if you want to see two short pieces done exceedingly well given the limits of space.
Don't see it if You're not up for an evening of intense drama or if the topics are not of interest.
See it if you enjoy 1-act plays. I wouldn't call the 1st one a psychological thriller.
Don't see it if slow moving plays with only 2 actors don't interest you. The material felt very superficial.
See it if You are interested in one-acts about family dynamics with great acting in an intimate setting. 'Night Mother is particularly wrenching.
Don't see it if You are triggered by stories of suicide and murder, or cannot tolerate small theatres.
See it if Well done 'NIGHT MOTHER paired with so-so companion piece on cloning intrigues you
Don't see it if You're looking for a light evening.
See it if you want to see two full length classic but absurdist plays dealing with family dysfunction. Both have great acting.
Don't see it if If two full length plays back to back with a short intermission is too much. If you want characters with explained motivations.
See it if intimate plays in intimate space appeal; to support fine actor-director-producers & their mission to deliver meaningful work affordably. Go!
Don't see it if averse to intense two handers that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre; if fraught parent-child dynamics a painful topic.
See it if 2 terrific plays that make a good set. A couple of fabulous actors-esp Carla Brandberg. Support this small theater co!
Don't see it if You can't handle a downer evening. One performance not up to the mark. Very small venue. Some sight line problems.
See it if two interesting plays about controversial topics. Performances are good, but could be better.
Don't see it if human cloning or suicide are triggers for you. You don't like family dramas or small cast productions
See it if Sci Fi about cloning ,identity and family relationships and a serious study about suicide 2,Long 1 acts great acting
Don't see it if Talky serious drama is not your thing in a small intimate space a bit claustrophobic