"Michael Cooper's Masked Marvels
is as subtle as it is high speed. Think of Spaulding Gray crossed
with Superman, plus an amazing array of masks...Best of all was
the Giant on stilts. Creating his vast self before our eyes, he
began dancing on bare tiptoes with a grace that proved surprisingly
The Irish Times
"He enthralled young and
old, and ignited an entire audience's imagination...Michael brings
his wonderful characters to life with the most marvelously, strikingly
beautiful masks I have ever seen."
Caroline Seaton-Lyon, Church
Hill Theater, Church Hill MD
"...an exquisite performer
who captivates his audience with his skill and sincerity...he never
lost his gentle warmth and he always had them in the palm of his
hand. I was as charmed by the person as I was by the performer."
Susan McDonald, Krannert Center
for the Performing Arts, Champaign-Urbana IL
"One of our highest rated
artists! Michael is an 'Artistic MacGyver' and sure to delight any
Richard Hordenburg, Circle
Theater, Grand Rapids MI
"The public loved it. So
did the theater managers and the critics. Not to mention ourselves!"
Philipien van Huet, Depuut
Festival, Arnhem Holland
"Terrific! Michael is an
artist and a gentleman. He received five standing ovations."
Nancy Goldstein, The Center
of Contemporary Arts, University City MO
"We have Mr. Cooper back
every year. He never ceases to delight and amaze our audiences"
Norb Burkowski, Tampa Bay Performing
"...a huge success and
a consummate professional entertainer"
Gail McNair, University of
Nebraska, Lincoln NE
"Superb artistry! The show
was enjoyed by adults and children alike - the adults probably even
more so because they were able to reexperience their childlike sense
of wonder and magic."
Susan Gramling, The Arts Center,
"His spirit and enthusiasm
were unmatched, and his insights and observations about life could
be understood by people of all ages."
Hash, The Maine Festival, Brunswick ME
"How do I describe Michael ? When I
first met him I thought I had never met anyone who held on so tenderly
or so tightly to their roots. I was very touched and intrigued .
I was not accustomed to people my age speaking
about their family so passionately and so devotedly. I was much
more familiar with this type of talk being brief and passed over
relatively quickly. People seemed to be more concerned with their
independence, their current situation. Michael, on the otherhand
seemed determined to honor and remember everything about where he
came from. While other performers were building careers on trends
and fashion he was interested in what is enduring, what lasts. It's
not that common.
There is plenty of trite, sentimental theater
out there that exploits home and family in the most superficial,
unimaginative ways. Michael does not do that. He genuinely digs
to find and illuminate what is most essential , simple and, ironically,
most mysterious about our lives .The world needs more performers
like him because sometimes the things that are most common to our
lives, the things we think we know the most about are the very things
that we leave most unexplored."
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