by Caryl Churchill
directed by James MacDonald
Atlantic Theater Company
September 16, 2015 - November 1, 2015
Set in colonial Africa and 1979 London, this landmark play is about power, politics, family, Queen Victoria and sex. A timeless and bitingly funny modern classic, Cloud Nine has not been seen in a major New York production since 1981, when it ran for over two years.
Atlantic welcomes legendary British playwright Caryl Churchill (Mad Forest, Top Girls) for this revival helmed by acclaimed director James Macdonald (A Number, Cock).
Sex, in all meanings of the word, is something nobody ever sorts out entirely. Its joys, sorrows, variations and complications are the subjects of countless academic tomes and self-help books, of pulp romances and classic novels. But 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 by the Atlantic Theater Company.
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. But the most compelling reason is the sublime actress Brooke Bloom, who stands out in a well-oiled ensemble.
BOTTOM LINE: Smart and seriously fun Churchill revival.