A Number: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

Mark Cohen and Danny Bryck, Photo Credit by Whistler in the Dark

‘A Number’ of Sons

A Number by Caryl Churchill, Whistler in the Dark, The Factory Theatre, 1/20/12-2/4/12, (in repertory with Fen by Caryl Churchill), http://www.whistlerinthedark.com/productions/wantedsomething.html.

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

(Boston, MA) If you were/are a parent, what would you do if you had a chance to fix the mistakes you made raising your child? As a child, what would you do if your parents told you that you were not their original child, but a new, improved version made to fix the mistakes they made with their first child? Caryl Churchill’s play, A Number deals with a controversial matter: cloning. Since the Dolly the sheep was cloned in the late nineties, fear and wonder has surrounded the possibility of cloning a human being. This play speculates on what might result from such a procedure and the repercussions of such a decision upon a father and his son. Read more “A Number: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”

The Ultimate Christmas Show: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) Review–SERIOUSLY!

The Ultimate Christmas Show by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, Reduced Shakespeare Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 11/25/11-12/18/11, http://www.merrimackrep.org/season/show.aspx?sid=110. Contains scatological humor and some Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor flesh.

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

(Lowell, MA) They’re baaack! Every so often, a rustle of popular culture floats through the air, gets put into the Reduced Shakespeare grinder and out comes some side-splitting fun. At their east coast premiere of The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged), the Reduced Shakespeare Company exceeds expectations. Blending holiday traditions from ancient times to modern, religious to secular, The Ultimate Christmas Show presents a jolly evening for anyone who can appreciate a little irreverence with sincere heart. Read more “The Ultimate Christmas Show: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”

Neighborhood 3: Once Upon A Theatre Critic

Sometimes You Need A Place To Go A Little Crazy

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley, Happy Medium Theatre, The Factory Theatre, 10/20/11-10/29/11, http://www.happymediumtheatre.com/. T for Teen, Tipper Gore should not see this show.

Reviewed by Becca Kidwell

“We need to protect the children”. We have stricter movie ratings, tv show ratings, video game ratings, and explicit music warning labels. So what happens when all of these fail? What happens even before these fail? Society corrupts the children; the educational system fails children; the welfare system fails children. These days everything and anything are blamed when children get hurt or end up in trouble (watched any version of Law & Order lately?)—except for children and the parents. Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom gives the avatars (performers) a chance to escape from problems while the game gives the players (the audience) no escape. Read more “Neighborhood 3: Once Upon A Theatre Critic”