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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
80
Avg Score

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

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see two plays that bring up significant issues.

Don't see it if You are looking for just entertainment, or fancy costumes, music, singing, choreography

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Great script and acting.

Don't see it if Sparse set

83
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

85
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...

92
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

83
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.

60
Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense

See it if you don't want to miss the chance to see two intriguing plays.

Don't see it if Churchill's sometime-mannered writing or Norman's cool and almost clinical writing about so stark a subject will turn you off.

Also A Number may be more admired than enjoyed (by me), but in fairness to ... Read more Read less

85
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!

82
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.

79
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

65
A solid second half but painful first half

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.

Also These are two completely different plays, with vastly different outcom... Read more Read less

79
Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if 'Night Mother is a modern classic. I was not familiar with A Number but it has an interesting, thought provoking premise. Dark side of life

Don't see it if You want high production value and a light evening. Briefly, A Number deals with morality; 'NM with who controls one's life/ suicide.

Also Good work in an intimate space. Strong actors. The pacing of both shou... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Edgy

See it if u are ready for some intense drama that shakes you to the core and keeps you on the edge of your seat. A must see for those with thick skin.

Don't see it if you have recently experienced a suicide in your inner circle. Not recommended for those who have suffered trauma.

74
Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like intimate work. And if you like great writers.

Don't see it if If you want to see actors so cometed to their emotional arch that they take you all the way with them .

94
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.

85
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

81
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!

80
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%.

65
Ambitious, Intense, Slow, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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

68
Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like intimate, intense plays; are interested in watching plays with uncomfortable themes (i.e. suicide / human cloning)

Don't see it if if you want something more lighthearted

80
Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Sad,

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

90
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


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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