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A Number / 'Night, Mother

From 2 critic and 59 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intense, Great writing

About the show

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.

Reflections in the Light

“Two hard-hitting an intriguing study of parent/child relationships...In Churchill's ‘A Number,’ Bernard discovers that his father, Salter has been harboring some pretty dark secrets about their relationship...In...'Night Mother,’ a difficult, but loving mother-daughter relationship seems like any we might experience until we realize that the clock is ticking in what are the last minutes of life for Jessie...It's a nice pairing of works nicely presented on a set that works fo... Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"'A Number': Initially, the dialogue was not quick enough to generate the driving tone that is characteristic of Churchill’s body of work, and it came to pace occasionally. Unfortunately Michael Stephen Clay is a one tone actor, while Brandon Walker is working in every scene to heighten the urgency by reacting to what Mr. Clay is not giving him...''Night Mother': Carla Brandberg and Erin Cronican are excellent scene partners...An intriguing evening of theatre." Full Review

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Enchanting, Intense

See it if Because it made me think that cloning of humans might be possible in the near future. This can be scary to some people.

Don't see it if Some people might not like these two plays because the subject matter was on the dark side and also disturbing.

Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Great writing

See it if you can take a one-two punch of powerful theater. First was a twisted tale involving cloned children, second a piece on a woman's suicide

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment. Churchill plays is brilliant on many levels, while Norman's is so real, but maybe a tad too long.

Also Great pairing of plays. Both with interesting parent and child relatio... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Masterful, Must see

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.

Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Dark/sad, Thought-provoking

See it if Two shows around 70 minutes each Both plays are dark in their way. Worth Seeing.

Don't see it if Cloning is subject on one play, Second is suicide.

Also The Seeing Place does great shows, with great actors. First show is ab... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you love theater up close and personal you enjoy intellectual engagement you are ready to think about serious issues

Don't see it if you want something lighthearted you are threatened by serious topics

Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you like great writing and a well produced play with great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like play about suicide. Or plays that are set in the eighties.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to see some great scenework with interesting choices that spark a lot of conversation after

Don't see it if It’s barebones and the subject matter of neither isn’t pretty. Night Mother isn’t A Dear Evan Hansen take on suicide

Also Brandon Walker in Number worked his butt off upping the stakes while n... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if These are by two well-known women playwrights. Serious plays, good acting, in a small theatre. Rather suspenseful.

Don't see it if If you're not interested in small cast, serious plays.

Also I was interested to see these plays by two women playwrights whose oth... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing

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.

Powerful, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Clever juxtaposition, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

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.

Also I've been aware of The Seeing Place for several years and always try t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

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.

Also "A Number" was interesting to see one performer performing three roles... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Good acting

See it if You want to see 2 good, intelligent, short plays in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You are adverse to family conflicts

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy

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.

Also Erin C. and Brandon W. not only act... they also direct, they produce,... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Disturbing, Absorbing, Dark, Edgy

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

Intense, Sad, Human, Brilliantly written, Well played

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.

Also I’ve followed the work of The Seeing Place Theater closely for 3 years... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if These two one-acts are worth seeing. The acting is good and the scripts are engaging. Plays about the human condition...Smart and timely...

Don't see it if You are offended by the topic of suicide or cloning...

Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if You enjoy the mother-daughter relationship that so often affects the daughter so negatively. The “A Number” play was a bit confusing.

Don't see it if You want an up night!

Absorbing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

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!

Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if You like up to the present societal questions addressed. Found A Number addressing an issue we will have to face very soon, likely in court

Don't see it if Both shows can be depressing so if you don't like that in a show stay home. Felt A Number was the better/more realistic of the two.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy two person dialogue based plays about family pain that debate large philosophical questions. Enjoy strong value (two plays).

Don't see it if You don’t like minimal staging and intense dialogue based plays. get bored easily or want a short night (show runs 165 minutes).

Also Neither play would I score as high as my rating which reflects that I ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great writing

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

Also I scored the first play “a number “A 70 and I gave the second play nig... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see two really well produced plays by noted playwrights that has something each to say about family & what others mean to us

Don't see it if you are bothered by naturalistic dialogue (in 'A Number'). It may be how people really speak but it's not a good idea in fiction.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You like short plays with a loose connection. A Number is interestingly strange. 'Night Mother is more down-to-earth. Both made me think.

Don't see it if You dislike small theaters. really uncomfortable. Sit up top on high chairs!

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You like thought-provoking plays with great acting; Night Mother had both. I would rate this show alone 90%.

Don't see it if You don't like the subject of cloning except in the movies. I found A Number hard to watch and rate it 60%.