A Number, Starring Josh Charles and Bill Smitrovich, at the Geary Theater
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Award-winning actress/playwright Chris Black enters the ring for a dramatic one-woman show in Tough, which is inspired by the life of famed boxer John L. Sullivan, who traveled coast-to-coast challenging people to fights. While Sullivan's background, rise to fame and decline motivate the performance, Black's interest also lies in what it means to be strong and how athletes and performers harness that "special something" to become extraordinary. Black opens the show by throwing her hat in the ring and announcing the rules of the game, all while enjoying some good whiskey. Don't miss this unique, gender-bending performance that mixes power and poignancy. Learn More
We went to the Saturday matinee and parked at the Donatello hotel. It was only $10 for 5 hours so you have plenty of time before or after for a bite to eat before or after. There's a half price happy hour at the hotel restaurant tooThe Orphan of Zhao info • Jun 23 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.