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“A Number” Prophesies a Clone Crisis, at Aurora, Berkeley

“A Number” Prophesies a Clone Crisis, at Aurora, Berkeley

Caryl Churchill Spins the Numbers Game by Barry David Horwitz Behind a low, white circular barrier, suggesting a petri dish, an anxious son confronts his worried father. In her shocking play “A Number,” Caryl Churchill uses three cloned sons to make us think about the present threat of identity loss. She also catapults us into the future, to consider how Tech may be muddling our identities. Churchill is up to her poetic trickery as the sons extract different origin stories…

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“Safe House” Breaks for Freedom, at Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

“Safe House” Breaks for Freedom, at Aurora Theatre, Berkeley

Millennial Notes Black Lives, White Rules by Benjamin K. Sloan Before the Civil War, hundreds of thousands of African Americans were living in the South as “free” people—a status that constituted a misnomer, and still does.  Aurora Theatre tells us the horrifying story of pre-Civil War “free” Black people in “Safe House” (2014) by Keith Josef Adkins. Director L. Peter Callender snakes us through the treacherous Kentucky countryside in 1843, where the law is only a suggestion, and the white…

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