A possible reprise of REP's Patsy Cline show | Theater | Indy Week
Pin It

A possible reprise of REP's Patsy Cline show 

click to enlarge Canady Thomas as Patsy Cline
  • Canady Thomas as Patsy Cline

Always ... Patsy Cline

Raleigh Ensemble Players at Theatre in the Park
Closed Dec. 13; reopens in January

Raleigh Ensemble Players has just announced that its production Always ... Patsy Cline, which closed on Sunday, will be remounted at Cary Academy some time during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in January. The exact dates will be posted, and online ticket sales will begin on its Web site on Dec. 19.

Good thing. Canady Thomas' take on the legendary country singer is convincing, with a thousand-watt smile and a throaty voice that does justice to hits like "Walkin' After Midnight" and "Sweet Dreams." The musical theater piece—basically a premeditated concert excursion through most of Cline's greatest hits, with benefits—tells the tale of Cline's encounter with one Louise Seger, a right proud Texas girl who befriended the singer before a concert early in her career and who the singer stayed in touch with until her untimely death in 1963. Susannah Hough's mix of charm and no-nonsense made a believer of an audience that started off a mite cool on opening night last week at Raleigh's Theatre in the Park, which co-produced the one-weekend stand.

Maggie Rasnick's stage direction and Brett Wilson's musical direction keep this show motoring. The six-piece country swing band was tasty but still negotiating individual volume levels the night we were there, with various instruments dropping in and out of listenable range throughout the night. Ecki Heins' unamplified mandolin was rarely audible, while Wilson's own piano struggled at points to punch through the mix. Get those boys some mics, on the double!

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Theater



Twitter Activity

Comments

This looks wonderful! I cant wait until it goes on the road so we can see it in California!

by Michelle Nogales on Pioneering African-American Sci-Fi Author Octavia Butler’s Empathy and Foresight Take the Stage in Parable of the Sower (Theater)

Spelling error for one of the owners of RRE: it's Rebekah Carmichael, not Rachel Carmichael. Also, the shows run between …

by J Robert Raines on Raleigh Room Escapes Slips Through the Keyhole Between Room-Escape Games and Immersive Theater (Theater)

Most Recent Comments

This looks wonderful! I cant wait until it goes on the road so we can see it in California!

by Michelle Nogales on Pioneering African-American Sci-Fi Author Octavia Butler’s Empathy and Foresight Take the Stage in Parable of the Sower (Theater)

Spelling error for one of the owners of RRE: it's Rebekah Carmichael, not Rachel Carmichael. Also, the shows run between …

by J Robert Raines on Raleigh Room Escapes Slips Through the Keyhole Between Room-Escape Games and Immersive Theater (Theater)

your 20 sept review of playmakers current offering missed the boat, big time. the play portrayed all the characters as …

by Pointyhead on The Cake Edits Reality to Ignore the Everyday Consequences of Bible Belt Homophobia (Theater)

Oh, I'd be amused even without the in-jokes. These folks are having a great time, and the setting is transportive. …

by needsomeokra on Wants Upon a Time Is a Commedia Dell'arte Interrogation of What Happily Ever After Really Means (Theater)

The photo credit is incorrect. The photo was taken and edited by Areon Mobasher for Burning Coal Theatre Company. Please …

by Areon Mobasher on The Greeks Streamlines Sophocles’s Theban Trilogy Into Three Nimble, Strikingly Modern One-Acts (Theater)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation