TSP @ the Paradise Factory Basement Theater, Manhattan

By Andrew Andrews

Bernard 1 (Brandon Walker) confronts his father (Michael Stephen Clay) in A Number at Paradise Factory in the East Village. Original photo by Russ Rowland.

Who doesn’t love a good bargain? Especially here in New York, where entertainment can be so expensive that so many people choose to stay home and watch TV instead of risking their hard-earned money on a live performance that doesn’t live up to its price tag.

That’s why we here at Opplaud try so hard to connect you, our subscribers, with exactly the right shows to make you feel that you’re getting your money’s worth.

The Seeing Place has you covered, too, by keeping ticket prices affordable. And now, they offer you even more bang-for-your-buck, producing two engaging performances in a doubleheader they call A Number/Night Mother.

In Caron Churchill’s A Number, Brandon Walker conveys three distinct personalities as a trio of identical twins with an interesting twist: two of them are clones, and the three were separated at birth, so to speak. Michael Stephen Clay completes this cast of two as the clones’ father, Salter: a stoic antihero not afraid to take the blame for his past mistakes, including the mistake he made trying to rectify a mistake, which itself was understandable given the hardship of his circumstances.

In Marsha Norman’s ’ Night, Mother, Carla Brandberg stars as the mother of a epileptic named Jessie who’s just announced that she’s going to kill herself this evening. For the performance we attended, Erin Cronican deserved a medal for her performance as Jessie, as she persevered through the role with real-life bronchitis! The show must go on, folks, and truth be told, Cronican’s struggling voice may have actually accentuated her ability to convey the desperation of her character.

Check out this double feature before it closes on January 20th, and be sure to come back and tell us how much you liked it.

The Seeing Place will use the proceeds to continue to bring affordable theater to New Yorkers, and we’ll use your feedback to help you find future live performances that are definitely worth your precious dollars!

Andrew Andrews attended A NUMBER at TSP @ the Paradise Factory Basement Theater in Manhattan on Sunday, January 6, 2019 @ 7:00pm to write this review.