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A Number / 'Night, Mother

From 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.


Member Reviews (59)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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!

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

91
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

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.

Also Up for debate upon exiting: The morality of duplicating life and the m... Read more Read less

76
Pair of dark surrealistic dramas, Great casting and acting, Award-winning playwrights

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.

83
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

78
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Worthwhile, Uneven acting

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.

Also I’m torn. These are excellent plays. I feel like everyone should know ... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Great writing, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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

88
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

89
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

75
Interesting topics, Slow

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.

89
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.

73
Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky, Thought-provoking

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.

75
Great acting, Relevant

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.

Also 'Night Mother is much better than A Number.... Read more Read less

90
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.

91
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.

77
Thought-provoking, Uneven, Absorbing, Slow

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

80
Absorbing, Dark

See it if you like dark one-acts

Don't see it if you dislike dark topics or want a big flashy show

Also 'Night Mother is one my all-time favorites, and it is beautifully done... Read more Read less

77
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

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

90
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

71
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense

See it if You like intense dark dramas, family related issues, both plays makes you think and leave you in awe

Don't see it if You are not a fan of small theater, high expectation from small production, want to see more elaborate play

Also The number; honestly did not like it. The acting was ok for the son bu... Read more Read less


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 relations...
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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 urgen...
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