A Number / 'Night, Mother
Closed 2h 15m
A Number / 'Night, Mother
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A Number / 'Night, Mother NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(59 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
12%
Negative
0%
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.

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Member Reviews (59)

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
69
Uneven acting, Second play superior, Long evening, Simple staging, Thought-provoking

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.

897 Reviews | 374 Followers
83
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!

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
70
Confusing, Edgy, Intense

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

706 Reviews | 200 Followers
75
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Riveting

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.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
85
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

668 Reviews | 156 Followers
85
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. Read more

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
85
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. Read more

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
72
Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Thought-provoking

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (2)

Reflections in the Light
January 17th, 2019

“Two hard-hitting two-handers...in 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 for both.”
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Times Square Chronicles
January 10th, 2019

"'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."
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