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Friday, June 26, 2009

Cosper's Comet

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Thanks to Matt Cosper's predisposition toward forming guerilla groups, we get to see the absurdist works of Eugène Ionesco in Charlotte with more regularity than named comets. Cosper dropped the last dose on us back in the days of the Children's Theatre Black Box when, as co-founder of The Farm, he brought The Lesson to the Morehead Street fantasy palace in 2004.

Now Cosper, who still frequently acts and directs at Children's Theatre, has hatched another newborn theater company, Machine Theatre. The fledgling's first production, Ionesco's The Bald Soprano, will land with a meteor shower of six performances over the weekend of July 9-12. I've known about the new company for a little while but only yesterday learned where it plans to perform.

Get out your trustiest GPS device and set its coordinates to 1508 Central Avenue. Machine Theatre's production of The Bald Soprano, directed by Cosper, will perform at the newly-minted Patchwerk Playhaus inside Century Vintage. Shows begin at 8 p.m. with extra latenight performances on Friday and Saturday, July 10-11. Tickets are $8, a steal when you consider that Cosper's cast includes Caroline Bower, Robert Haulbrook, and the venerable Barbi Van Schaik. With limited seating, low prices, and tickets available only at the door, early arrival is strongly advised.

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