Cloud Nine OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    September 16, 2015
    Closing:
    November 1, 2015

    Theater: Atlantic Theater / 336 West 20th Street, New York, NY, 10011

    Synopsis: 

    Set in colonial Africa and 1979 London, this landmark play is about power, politics, family, Queen Victoria and sex. A timeless and bitingly funny modern classic, "Cloud Nine" has not been seen in a major New York production since 1981, when it ran for over two years.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Cloud Nine

    ‘Cloud Nine,’ a Comedy of Fluid and Complicated Couplings

    Ben Brantley

    October 5, 2015: Sex, in all meanings of the word, is something nobody ever sorts out entirely. Its joys, sorrows, variations and complications are the subjects of countless academic tomes and self-help books, of pulp romances and classic novels. But few writers have come closer to making sense of the hormonal urges that rule, transport and disrupt our lives than Caryl Churchill does in “Cloud Nine,” which opened on Monday night in a glorious revival by the Atlantic Theater Company. That’s because Ms. Churchill (“Top Girls,” “Love and Information”), one of the wisest and bravest playwrights on the planet, understands that sex is endlessly fluid, no matter the time, place or culture in which it is practiced. More than three decades ago — when “trans” as a prefix most commonly meant something to do with automobiles she dared set up camp in that hazy frontier land where the boundaries of gender and the rules of attraction blur and dissolve. That’s the terrain in which “Cloud Nine,” a portrait of an archetypal British family in flux, takes place. And James Macdonald’s pheromone-fresh production, which features a deliciously mutable cast of seven, makes it clear that today we’re still living in this gray zone of polymorphous selves, whether we admit it or not.

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