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. Continue reading