Jobsites “Cloud 9” is now a
Theatre Tampa Bay Recommendation!
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Gavin Hawk
Cloud Nine can be imagined as a kind of zany British sex farce put into a blender with a Women and Gender Studies thesis. Time shifts, women are played by men, men by women, children by adults, and even black can be white. Act I introduces us to an uptight British family full of dirty little (and no so little) secrets who administer an African colony in the Victorian era before jumping to present-day London in Act II (though, for the characters it has only been 25 years pass) to see how their lives have turned out after a shocking turn before intermission. Cloud Nine mocks colonial and sexual repression in a hilarious farce that is always as playful as it is poignant. As the New York Times observes, “Churchill sees the theater as an open frontier where lives can be burst apart and explored, rather than a cage that flattens out experience and diminishes it.”