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Cloud 9

When: June 10-25 2016

FRIDAY, JUNE 10–SATURDAY, JUNE 25

CLOUD 9

A century passes between the two acts of Cloud 9, Caryl Churchill's round-robin of sexual liaisons, but the characters act as if it's only been a couple of decades. (If that sounds puzzling, consider those among us who act as if only twenty years have passed since the Emancipation Proclamation—or that we must wait another twenty before we achieve equal rights for LGBTQ people.) Relationships, gender roles, and social politics are rearranged when a Victorian British family, their servant, a neighbor, and an itinerant hunter time-travel from 1880s colonial Africa, where patriarch Clive is in charge, to present-day London, where no one in particular is. Churchill demonstrates that colonial and sexual repression stem from a common source, in a comic work intent on uprooting both. Tiny Engine Theatre Company produces the show at Common Ground. —Byron Woods

COMMON GROUND THEATRE, DURHAMVarious times, $12–$17, www.tinyenginetheatre.com

Price: $12-$17

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