The Atlantic Theater Company presents a revival of the award-winning, landmark play by decorated British playwright Caryl Churchill, about power, politics, family, Queen Victoria, and sex. More…
Set in colonial Africa and 1979 London, Caryl Churchill’s play explores a hypothetical modern society—one where the characters have aged only 25 years since the Victorian era. This timeless and bitingly funny modern classic has not been seen in a major New York production since 1981, when it ran for over two years. 'Cloud Nine' will open The Atlantic's 30th anniversary season this fall.
See it if you enjoy sitting on hard seats with intense lighting making you feel as if you are in a sauna. This goes on for a little under there hours!
Don't see it if you enjoy consistently good acting.
See it if you love classic Caryl Churchill that is well performed and staged.
Don't see it if a sore butt is very annoying. Grandstand seating is VERY uncomfy. Best seats by a bit are front row
See it if you're looking for something provocative and edgy with superb acting.
Don't see it if you're easily confused or don't enjoy long plays.
See it if you like to think about the ways men and women relate to each other.
Don't see it if you are put off by male actors playing female roles, females playing males, adults playing small children or whites playing blacks.
See it if you enjoy cerebral, thought-provoking pieces that seamlessly blend comedy, drama, metatheater, and social commentary.
Don't see it if you can't sit on an uncomfortable bench for 2.5 hours.
See it if you enjoy social commentary plays by one of the best. The play poses more questions than it answers but that's the point,
Don't see it if edgy gender bending nonlinear plays don't entertain you. This is a heady piece and at time almost "absurdist."
See it if Enjoy gender-bending, coming-of-age, and send-ups of British Imperial stereotypes. Inventive staging and seating
Don't see it if You can't handle homosexual themes and sitting in seats that make airplane economy seating feel like lots of legroom
See it if you are interested in the rolls played by women and men in our society dating from 100 years ago to modern days.
Don't see it if you want to see a polished play with polished costumes, wigs and sets.
See it if you enjoy Churchill's other work, want to revisit and re-evaluate the themes of gender identity and patriarchy, and are a fan of the actors.
Don't see it if are unprepared to endure extremely uncomfortable seating for 160 minutes.
See it if you love great off-broadway theater that is creative and intelligent
Don't see it if you don't like excruciatingly painful unique seating.
See it if You appreciate gender bending & examination of gender ( a little stale now but when first produced it was novel) You like intense drama
Don't see it if You have conventional ideas about gender You want something light
See it if u want to see a terrific cast relishing a play which contrasts mores of Victorian England (Act I) and the "with it" early 1980s (Act II).
Don't see it if u don't want to be tortured in jerry-built, unfinished wooden seating in the round. Too often the actors faces are looking away from you.
See it if This play hasn't aged at all. Intense. Complex. Sophisticated dramatization of race, class, gender, empire. Churchill = great playwright.
Don't see it if You are looking for a whacky comedy. You like comfortable seating.
See it if you want to experience good gender-bending and attitudes of different eras. I don't think any scenario was left out. Mostly well acted.
Don't see it if If having a playwright experiment with different sexual attitudes. Seating is uncomfortable, but worth it if you like the subject matter.
See it if you want to have a chance to revisit Caryl Churchill's classic play which remains surprisingly fresh 30 years on. Excellent performances.
Don't see it if you can't manage miserably uncomfortable barrack seating, an overly long second act, somewhat graphic sexual content
See it if you are a fan of well-stacked, absurdist theatre. This was an amazing production of a great play.
Don't see it if you have reservations about progressive thinking and innovative theatre.
See it if you love great acting and you want to think outside the box
Don't see it if you aren't good at following plots or if you don't like one actor playing multiple characters
See it if you enjoy witty, gender-bending explorations of sexual politics; written in 1979, the play feels as fresh today as then.
Don't see it if you can't sit for nearly 3 hours on an uncomfortable bench in a too-hot theater. Sit in the first row for leg room (it's cooler there, too!)
See it if You enjoy Caryl Churchill. You enjoy wacky plays that pack a punch. You are interested in gender, sexuality, race, and class issues.
Don't see it if You are seeking pure entertainment. You don't want to engage intellectually.