A Number, Starring Josh Charles and Bill Smitrovich, at the Geary Theater
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The last date listed for A Number was Sunday May 28, 2006 / 2:00pm.
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Master clowns Bill Irwin (Scapin, Waiting for Godot), a two-time Tony winner, and David Shiner (Cirque du Soleil, Seussical) bring their stage hit Old Hats to A.C.T. Their hilarious new work features original music, imaginative movement and a captivating use of technology designed to bring a smile to your face. Shiner and Irwin also co-created the Broadway hit Fool Moon, which ran through most of the '90s and racked up two Tonys, a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. A continuation of Fool Moon, the joyful Old Hats won the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. Irwin took home his Tonys for his dramatic role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? along with Fool Moon, but he may be best known as Mr. Noodle from Elmo's World. Shiner not only originated the role of the Cat in the Hat from Broadway's Seussical, but he also wrote and directed Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA. This production features direction from Tina Landau, whose production of Saroyan's The Time of Your Life thrilled audiences in 2004. Learn More
Saturday Matinee, lots of traffic; coming from los altos took me exactly 1 hour, but I drive like a demon. Was going to PARK @ hotel Donatello, read that fee was only $6 - but by 1:30 that lot was full, the one right next to it was $20 flat fee (!!) but I parked there because didn't want any hassle. Take bart if you can, easy walk to ACT theatre.Old Hats travel • Sep 15 2014 star this tip starred
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VERY short show (less than an hour), and the dialogue is more like a dramatic experiment than an interesting experience (they keep talking in circles instead of directly). The description for this show is far more intriguing than the actual...continued
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“Stunning! Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’ll be able to keep a critical distance.” —New York Times
“Fiendishly clever.” —Washington Post
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Anna Shapiro
Is your identity really yours? In the gripping new drama A Number, a man is confronted by three of his grown sons when they discover that they are replicates—human clones cut from identical genetic cloth with drastically differing results. As each son in turn seeks the truth behind his genesis, A Number tackles with chilling grace the unsettling question of individualism, the ongoing battle between “nature” and “nurture,” and a brave new family’s desperate attempt to negotiate this brave new era.
A Number features Josh Charles (“Sports Night,” Four Brothers, Dead Poets Society) in the multiple roles of Bernard, and veteran Broadway and film actor Bill Smitrovich (“24,” HBO’s Mrs. Harris, “Life Goes On”) portrays their father, Salter. Anna D. Shapiro, one of the few directors honored as an ensemble member of the groundbreaking Steppenwolf Theatre Company, directs.