Cloud Nine
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Cloud Nine
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Cloud Nine NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(40 Reviews)
Positive
80%
Mixed
8%
Negative
12%
Members say
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking

About the Show

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.

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Member Reviews (40)

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602 Reviews | 224 Followers
82
Dated, Dizzying, Epic, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You like smart plays that take focus to understand.

Don't see it if You can't sit still for three hours.

480 Reviews | 714 Followers
74
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're an Anglophile or are in the mood for something very different.

Don't see it if you're easily confused.

469 Reviews | 257 Followers
10
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

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.

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
81
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an intelligent Absurdist play that is well done.

Don't see it if You're not aware of Caryl Churchill or Absurdist works.

407 Reviews | 67 Followers
90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing

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

273 Reviews | 473 Followers
85
Clever, Raunchy, Intense, Thought-provoking

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.

295 Reviews | 27 Followers
75
Ambitious, Absorbing, Profound, Relevant

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. Read more

Al
127 Reviews | 887 Followers
60
Raunchy, Indulgent, Funny, Ambitious, Quirky

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.

Critic Reviews (35)

The New York Times
October 5th, 2015

"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...This compassionate, tough-loving production finds the ecstasy, tragedy and exhilarating madness of what it means to be part of this eternal ball of confusion."
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Time Out New York
October 6th, 2015

"A delicious hash of gender and genre, 'Cloud Nine' may be less surprising than it was 35 years ago, but director James Macdonald and his cast—performing in the round, to an audience seated on steep wooden bleachers—keep its edges sharp. Troubled and troubling, puckish and perverse, Churchill’s play is still a slice of theater heaven."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 5th, 2015

"'Cloud Nine,' now in a superb revival at the Atlantic, has only grown fuller, meatier, sadder, funnier, sexier, and more provocative — more theatrical, too — as the conditions from which it arose have changed radically, and have not...Where it is satirical, it is self-consciously so, and not a day outdated...By the end, in ways both intentional and not, Churchill leaves you feeling as if you’ve lived through the emotional torment of all the decades the play covers, and those yet to come."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 5th, 2015

"Several decades later, its outlook, if not quite its circa-'79 fashion, feels entirely current as an examination of gender and social roles and broad-minded, matter-of-fact sexuality. It remains intriguing, if no longer quite so subversive...The cast is strong, although some of the act-to-act transformations are less meaningful...There's a sense of fun in the performers that is lost from Act I to Act II, or at least in the characters, which renders their performances less crackling."
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Deadline
October 6th, 2015

"Macdonald has assembled a seamless ensemble and staged the show with a keen eye for its nuances, underplaying where no overstatement is needed. The crackle-golden lighting by Scott Zielinski and elegantly simple costumes by Gabriel Berry all conspire to make the evening as unforgettable as Tommy Tune’s original New York production all those many years ago. As a revelation, it’s déjà vu all over again."
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New York Daily News
October 5th, 2015

"There's a number of good reasons to see the Atlantic Theater Company's very fine revival of 'Cloud Nine,' including Caryl Churchill's wicked and funny gender-bending script about sex, power and roles...Laughs dry up in the less engaging half...Director James Macdonald, who knows his way around Churchill's works, stages the play in-the-round. Cramped wooden bleaches may make your back ache. The play and the performances will make your head buzz."
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AM New York
October 6th, 2015

"Are you willing to endure an extremely uncomfortable seating arrangement for a fine revival of one of the most dynamic English dramas of the past four decades?...James Macdonald has staged the revival in-the-round, with audience members sitting on tight benches around a small wooden arena. It's uncomfortable and, despite the added intimacy, unnecessary. But if you can withstand the lack of legroom, 'Cloud Nine' is experimental, highly political playwriting at its best."
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Theatermania
October 5th, 2015

"Under the sensitive and surefooted direction of James Macdonald, 'Cloud Nine' offers a smart social critique that transcends time. This play could easily be a facile exercise of modern theater folk sneering back at a shameful past. Instead, the shame extends easily into the 20th century and beyond."
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