Theatre Review: A Number
What would happen to personal relationships if certain individuals were cloned? A new play presented by Capital Stage called “A Number” explores this difficult question.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
How would you feel if you discovered that you’re a clone – a laboratory-made genetic duplicate? And how would you confront your father with your realization that you, yourself, are probably one of at least a dozen duplicates?
“Because I’m one.”
“Because they’re copies.”
“Copies they’re not.”
“Copies of you, that some mad scientist has illegally taken…”
“How do you know that?”
How do you know, indeed? This play poses that question repeatedly, as we meet a second, and then a third identical looking person. But life’s ever changing circumstances has given each cloned version a distinct personality -- and there’s one whose outlook is very tense and angry, intimidating even his father.
“Let me look at you.”
“You’ve been looking at me all the time.”
“Let me LOOK AT YOU!!”
This enigmatic play is very much an actor’s piece. It’s fascinating to watch performer Gillen Morrison portray several cloned characters, changing his physical stance, facial expression and tone of voice. And each clone is reflected in the worried eyes of actor Loren Taylor as the father, a weary man who’s hiding something. This play is called “A Number,” because there are a number of clones. And it’s a most effective cautionary tale – always probing, and asking unsettling questions that linger in your mind long after you go home.