Life and Laughter on Cloud Nine
Bono, P. (2016). Life and Laughter on Cloud Nine. De Genere - Rivista Di Studi Letterari, Postcoloniali E Di Genere, (2). Recuperato da https://www.degenere-journal.it/index.php/degenere/article/view/39
AbstractIn a park in London, from a winter afternoon to a late summer day, a small group of people meet, talk, and face significant changes, re-examining their whole lives, their innermost feelings and convictions – not tragically, rather as explorers lightly and almost dazedly making their way in new territories of the mind and of the heart: two young women – one married, one divorced; the former’s husband and the latter’s child; two gay young men; an older woman, mother of one of them and of the married young woman. It’s the end of the Seventies, and they live, on page and on stage, in the second act of Cloud Nine, a play by Caryl Churchill which premiered in 1979; contrary to the first act – a hilarious parody of Victorian mores – the setting here is clearly contemporary, just as the characters’ openness to a different self and different relations, and their search for a perhaps unattainable authenticity.
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