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Cloud 9 Paperback – December, 1994
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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has moved forward and we watch the characters trying to adapt to an ever changing world in which parts of them is too withdrawn.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.