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Cloud 9 Paperback – December, 1994
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FIVE STARS: A feat of impure, alloyed pleasure.” The Sunday Telegraph
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Sharp comedy and a serious purpose are splendidly combined in CLOUD NINE, Caryl Churchill’s provocative and amusing study of sexual politics It unlocks the imagination, liberates the mind, and leaves you weak with laughter” Time Out
There is no other play quite like Cloud 9.” Mel Gussow, New York Times
An innovative comedy: it is consistently engrossing and often emotionally moving.” Leah D Frank, New York Times
"Intelligent, inventive and funny." - New York Times
"I really don't know when I've had more fun. It blends farce, pathos into a work of total theatre." - New York Daily News
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Cloud Nine follows the story of a family. The first act takes place on a South African plantation during the English Victorian Era, while in the second act, though the characters have only aged 20 years, the action takes place in London, England in the 1970's. Clive, the family patron, is the center of a male-oriented soceity and incourages traditional family and gender roles. For the first act, his wife Betty is played by a man, his gay son Edward is played by a woman, and his black servant is played by a white man. Immediately we learn that only Clive is satisfied with his station in life, where the other characters suffer many indignities to themselves that go unnoticed by everyone else (i.e. Edward is being molested by a friend of his father, who eventually attempts to seduce Clive as well). By the second act, time has moved forward and we watch the characters trying to adapt to an ever changing world in which parts of them is too withdrawn.
Chruchill's play is clever and intense with emotion. To connect with one character is to really experience the mental frustration and the indignities that we suffer from a judgemental society. I praise Caryl Churchill for this commentary in hopes that readers will gain a sense of sympathy for such people and in turn will promote tolerance.
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I only got it for my English class, I wasn't really interested in it. It is a very weird play.Published 9 months ago by Lewis Roseberry
Churchill's "Cloud 9" is a crazy insane roller-coaster of gender-flips, shifting characters, crude sex, and anachronisms. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alexandra Levitas
Required for my daughter's acting course. Ordered because the price was cheaper than the college bookstore.Published 16 months ago by lindalou
This play reminds me of the sort of `theatre of the absurd' which we did in the 6th form, in the late 1960s, with our trendy drama teacher. Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by Mr. D. P. Jay
this is the most absurd piece of crap I've ever read and I'm pissed that I ever had to read it, but it was assigned for my drama class. Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by Fay89
Caryl Churchill has written many strong and valuable plays, many of them about female identity and social roles, but none has supplanted Cloud 9 as her masterwork. Read morePublished on March 20, 2008 by Aco
When you first start to read this play it will strike a few cords. If you can get past the enormous amount of sexual activities that goes on in just the first act, then you will... Read morePublished on November 15, 2005 by Sherry R Alex
For those of you who are familiar whith Brechtian practices this is a very good source. However, if you are not into the study of performance this might not be the book for you. Read morePublished on March 20, 2002