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Ray Dooley as Salter and Josh Barrett as the scruffy, maladjusted, and menacing Bernard 1, who is dangerous -- very dangerous -- when angry (photo by Andrea Akin)

Send in the Clones: Ray Dooley and Josh Barrett Are Electrifying in “A Number” at PlayMakers Rep

“A Number” consists of a series of tense father-and-son reunions in which Salter (played with quiet desperation by Ray Dooley) answers a series of increasingly uncomfortable questions about the parentage of his three sons — the well-groomed, well-adjusted, but persistent Bernard 2; the scruffy, maladjusted, and menacing Bernard 1; and the easygoing and only mildly curious Michael Black, whom Salter did not raise — all limned with vivid strokes by Josh Barrett.

"A Number" runs Sept. 7-11 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill

Caryl Churchill’s “A Number,” a Provocative Drama with a Sci-Fi Twist, Is First Up for PlayMakers Rep

“Part psychological thriller, part topical scientific speculation, and part analysis of the relationship between fathers and their sons, [‘A Number’] combines elegant structural simplicity with an astonishing intellectual and emotional depth…. What a tremendous play this is, moving thought-provoking and dramatically,” writes the London Daily Telegraph.