4/18/2013 4:07 PM
Perhaps no other living playwright manages to turn the implausible into plausible as deftly as Caryl Churchill, and A Number is no exception. A play that appears to be about the horrors of human cloning gone wrong quickly reveals its true identity: a dark, complex thriller that explores the deep love of a father for his son.
Churchill wrote the play at a time when cloning was a hot topic in the news (remember Dolly the Sheep?), but it’s the timeless issues of truth, love, and forgiveness that remain at the core of A Number. Do we create our own identity or is it created for us? Why does Love make people do ugly things? And, of course, what would you do if you learned there were others exactly like you?
At times shockingly humorous, the play is a tour de force for two actors (one plays the father; the other his son and subsequent clones). Stripped down to its bare essentials, it is a gripping psychological thriller that is certain to alarm, disturb, and uplift anyone who has ever struggled with their own identity.