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Cloud Nine

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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. 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.

Member Reviews (40)


Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Also I found the play too long. The direction could have bee tighter. Howev... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great acting

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.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Quirky

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."

Ambitious, Great acting, Hilarious, Original, Made me think

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

Ambitious, Intelligent, Original, Great writing

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.

Absorbing, Great staging, Dated, Great writing, Great acting

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

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent

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.

Dated, Great acting, Clever, Overrated, Funny

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.

Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Funny

See it if You like comedies about gender and sexual confusion

Don't see it if Don't like gender bending plays

Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You don't need a big set or big production to enjoy a show

Don't see it if The above doesn't apply

Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Clever

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.

Absorbing, Original, Relevant

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

Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Quirky

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.

Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

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

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Exquisite revival of this wonderful mind, time, and gender bending masterwork.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. It's brilliant!

Clever, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

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!)

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

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 ma...
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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 p...
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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 d...
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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 tr...
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