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.
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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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
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 '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.
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.
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 .
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.
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 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%.
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 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 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
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