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Cloud Nine [Paperback]

Caryl Churchill
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study in Alienation June 19 2003
By Brad
Format:Paperback
As far as Brechtian plays go, Churchill is a master at alienation and disidentification- characters in this play are played as the protagonist's projection of who he thinks they should be (ie: the westernized African servant is played by a white actor). Although the effect is extremely powerful onstage, particularly when it raises up complex social and ethnic issues, the different characters can be hard to keep straight on paper. This play works far better in performance than it does in print, but it remains a valuable teaching tool for both Brecht and World Theatre studies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For those into theatrical arts March 21 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
For those of you who are familiar whith Brechtian practices this is a very good source. However, if you are not into the study of performance this might not be the book for you. It is very explicit with sexual orientation and questions gender and social status.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moral Certainties and Uncertainties Jan. 16 2002
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This play is an interesting approach to the question of morality in the 'modern' age. It contrasts two worlds, one of moral certainty in a Victorian colonial home, and one of complete amorality and uncertainty in contemporary Britain. It does however go beyond these issues to deal with other important issues like Gender roles and the general issue of both mental and physical 'colonization' of people by society. This play should be read by anyone even remotely interested in these themes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Epiphanies March 11 2000
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Cloud Nine is an amazing play, a break-through drama in its time. Churchill plays fast and loose with the decades in her deconstruction of the glacial change of gender typing from Victorian times until the late '70's. She blends cartooned and naturalistic characterization to demonstrate the impact of character types on our deepest ideas of self. This play is funny, revelatory, and terribly moving.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Cloud Nine" an okay book. Oct. 15 1999
By A Customer
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Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine" is an okay book. It has some parts that are a little bit offensive, but most of the stuff I have heard before. It is apparent that the book was written in a different style than most plays. I would not have necessarily read this book unless I had to for a class, but once I read it I found out it was okay.
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"Cloud 9" presents problems and situations that are often not discussed. Such situations are gays, incest, and women's rights. Churchill does a wonderful job at presenting the situations in a non-bias manner. However, many readers do not care about these issues, reguardless of how they are presented.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I think this book was vey unique. Oct. 15 1999
By A Customer
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The story was extremely different than any other book that I have ever read. There were so many issues brought up in this story, but there were no opinions shared with these issues. I think that was a good idea because it lets people form there own opinions about what is right or wrong. The characters were also different. The same people were playing multiple characters, and there were guys playing the roles of girls and vice versa. It was very interesting.
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Cloud 9 is not a play that I would go to see just for fun. It deals with some very sensitive issues--everything from homosexuality to religion. With topics such as these, one would think it just a filthy, disgusting play. In all actuality, its done in a very tasteful manner. The language can be a bit overwhelming at times, mainly because you aren't expecting this from a play. But, its nothing that the average person wouldn't hear on a daily basis. It also makes people think. Usually people just like to be told what it is they are looking for. With this play, you have to decide how it relates to you, if it does, and then alayze it from the perspective of society. Overall, Cloud 9 is a tale of two centuries brought together by the same issues.
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