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Absurdist Comedy 'The Bald Soprano' Returns to Open Savage Rose Season

Savage Rose Classical Theatre launches its first season without founder and artistic director J. Barrett Cooper at the helm with a remount of Eugene Ionesco's rollicking absurdist comedy "The Bald Soprano." The production, which features a new adapted translation by director Tad Chitwood, first played last August for a brief run. Chitwood's getting the cast back together — Brian Hinds, Sabrina Spalding, Michael Roberts, Victoria Reible, Tony Pike and Karina Strange — for another limited engagement this weekend, Friday and Saturday, at The Bard's Town (1801 Bardstown Road). The show runs for four performances nightly, beginning at 6 p.m., in the theater upstairs from the restaurant. 

Savage Rose's "The Bald Soprano" is a satirical one-act that skewers middle-class manners in a non-sequitur-laden, loosely  — very loosely — plotted story of two couples at a dinner party interrupted by a firecracker of a domestic worker and an oddball civil servant. It's about the breakdown of communication, the failure of language, and of course, sex. Chitwood's production features a refreshed script with new jokes for the 21st century, so you don't really have to know anything about absurdist French theatre to enjoy it — in fact, it's probably more fun if you don't. Fans of "Stella" and "Louie" will find a lot to like in this production. The next show to open in Savage Rose's season is Jean Genet's "The Maids" in the Slant Culture Theatre Festival, November 15-22, at Walden Theatre. 

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