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.
“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 fo... Full Review
"'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
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.
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 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
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
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 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 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 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 #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 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 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...
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!
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 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.
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).
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 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.
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!
See it if You want to explore family dynamics, and learn about 1 family's experience with suicide
Don't see it if If you are easily swayed by what you see and have mental health issues, if you were looking for a musical or something light
See it if you like to feel very uncomfortable about relevant topics of the day, want to expand your knowledge base and consider options
Don't see it if you like easy-going fare, made to make you feel good when you leave
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