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Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill
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Nov 14, 10

bookshelves: read-in-2010, drama
Read on November 07, 2010 — I own a copy

Hilarious and provocative meditation on identity, sexism, colonialism, sexuality and theatricality. The play's first act is set in colonial Africa, a Victorian-era parallelism (?) between the project of Empire and the microcosm of the family. Gender/sex/body bending abounds. Act two transplants the same figures into contemporary England (well, contemporary to the play's publication in the end of the 70s) and questions whether we read this transition between Victorianism and 'modern' sexual politics as one of 'progress.'

I would love to see this one performed, and the play comes highly recommended--I don't read much drama, and am not usually impressed when I do, but this is a real knockout.
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Moira Russell My parents took me to see this in Santa Fe when I was about 14! It was interesting.

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