The plays of British playwright Caryl Churchill could be described as “complex” and “cerebral,” and her works are not new to the Triangle area stage. Tiny Engine Theatre’s 2016 Cloud Nine and Raleigh Ensemble Players’ 2008 The Skriker come to mind. Both of those productions left me impressed but a bit bewildered, and I will… Continue reading Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Churchill’s Shorts at CAM/Raleigh: 4 Apples + 2 Olivers + 1 Filiaci = Plenty of Food for Thought
Last weekend, Tiny Engine Theatre Company — co-founded by Laurel Ullman and Paul Sapp — wrapped up its second calendar year of productions with English playwright Caryl Churchill’s rarely produced 1979 treatise on identity politics, Cloud 9. The apparent reason that Cloud 9 is performed so rarely is that it can be a little difficult… Continue reading Tiny Engine Theatre Company’s Cloud 9 Was Provocative and Sublimely Acted
Tiny Engine Theatre Company’s production of English playwright Caryl Churchill’s 1979 comedy, Cloud 9, which completes its three-week run on June 23-25 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham, is definitely a comedy for mature audiences — and smart mature audiences at that. The farce begins in 1880 in a dwindling outpost of colonialism in Africa,… Continue reading Strong Performances and Lots of Laughs Make Tiny Engine Theatre Company’s Cloud 9 Worthwhile
“A Number” consists of a series of tense father-and-son reunions in which Salter (played with quiet desperation by Ray Dooley) answers a series of increasingly uncomfortable questions about the parentage of his three sons — the well-groomed, well-adjusted, but persistent Bernard 2; the scruffy, maladjusted, and menacing Bernard 1; and the easygoing and only mildly curious Michael Black, whom Salter did not raise — all limned with vivid strokes by Josh Barrett.
“Part psychological thriller, part topical scientific speculation, and part analysis of the relationship between fathers and their sons, [‘A Number’] combines elegant structural simplicity with an astonishing intellectual and emotional depth…. What a tremendous play this is, moving thought-provoking and dramatically,” writes the London Daily Telegraph.