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.
"'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'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 want to explore questions of what makes us each a person, and how responsible we are for the lives of those around us
Don't see it if You can't sit through one bad hour to watch one good hour.
See it if you enjoy dark, thought-provoking theatre, you (as I do) enjoy the Seeing Place's Work, you don't mind a slow pace or a dark subject
Don't see it if You struggle with very long evenings of theatre (one 70 and one 90 minute act), unrelentingly dark shows, or are triggered by suicide
See it if A Number: 50 'NM: 70 2 one acts, one very well written, one that needed a lot of work.
Don't see it if You need both plays in a double bill to be equally well-written. I also wasn't crazy about the acting.
See it if You want to see a well acted production of 'Night Mother and stirring performances by Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker
Don't see it if If you don't want to see two shows that have little to do with each other, a one note performance by the older actor in A Number. Long night
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