Always…Patsy Cline (review)

Always…Patsy Cline (review)
Always…Patsy Cline (review)
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THE PLAY: A mega fan of legendary country singer Patsy Cline relates the true story of their friendship, framed by the singer’s songs.

 

THE PRODUCTION: Debra Wagoner is one of our great songbirds and this is a wonderful opportunity to highlight her skills. Like the style of Cline, there’s no showboating with the songs, just solid, strong, beautiful singing. As a good ole girl and Cline’s uber fan, Terri Moore steals the show. She enjoyably interacts with the audience, as narrates her story with comic charm and loads of personality. Director Joe Pabst has kept the staging focused on the songs, while encouraging the sweet friendship that develops. (Sit on the left side of the theatre for the best views of Wagoner’s work.) The 5-piece band under Jeff Lindquist’s direction provides tight backup, and thanks to Derek Dumais, the sound mix is perfect. The simple set by Terrie Powers is split between a honky tonk nook on one side and a revolving platform that does triple duty on the other. Skyler Broughman’s lights and Marcia Miller Hailey’s costumes make attractive additions. Running time: 2:00

 

THE POINT: A sheer country delight and a dang good time!

 

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

 

A Virginia Rep production at Hanover Tavern thru 1/5/20

 

Debra Wagoner as Patsy Cline. Photo by Aaron Sutten.

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