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3943 Star Starred
near the corner of Geary and Mason 415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102
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Tough parking options, ranging from $25-40. Bart is probably a better option.
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Nancy F.
Feedback from audience members' hearing aids (which are meant to be turned off when using the theatre's listening devices) was a problem. A distinct high-pitched squeal.
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3.9 average rating
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48 reviews
12 stars
attended May 10 2006

An interesting and provocative trifle. The play was 48 minutes long, and ACT could easily have added a second one-act play to round out the evening. Their excuse that "We don't charge more for very long shows" is absurd.

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20 reviews
3 stars
attended May 02 2006

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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7 reviews
11 stars
attended Apr 30 2006

I thoroughly enjoyed this play, but was very surpised to realize that it was a one-act that was over in less than an hour!

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Quotes & Highlights

“Stunning! Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’ll be able to keep a critical distance.” —New York Times
“Fiendishly clever.” —Washington Post


A Number
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.