Always... Patsy Cline

Before this show, I had not heard of Patsy Cline. Now I have and I’ve heard her songs too. There’s not much more to say, although that’s not a bad thing. Basically just an excuse to sing Patsy Cline’s old songs, the production knows who its target audience is and unashamedly tailors itself to them.

he uninitiated may be less enthralled but might be mildly entertained if they happen to go along.

The narrative is somewhat thin, if very well performed. Paisley Ellis and Jennifer Bettke provide excellent performances as Patsy and Louise respectively, in addition to displaying their very powerful vocal ranges. The story itself follows Louise liking Patsy Cline’s music and then meeting her. Nothing much else happens. Jennifer Bettke made the most of the narrative however, gathering a few laughs from the audience.

The set is dressed authentically and the members of the band are more than up to scratch. G. Wayne Canady and D. Scott Ferguson have successfully achieved their goals with this production. The problem is that the same effect could probably have been garnered from looping Patsy Cline songs on Spotify.

However the hour was pleasant enough and at times bordered on immersion. This show is certainly more than recommendable to fans of Patsy Cline. The uninitiated may be less enthralled but might be mildly entertained if they happen to go along.

Reviews by James Beagon

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The Blurb

Always... Patsy Cline is based on the humorous, but touching, true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Having first heard Cline on the radio in 1957, Seger became an immediate fan, constantly hounding the local disc jockey to play Cline's records. When Cline travelled to Houston for a show in 1961, Seger arrived about an hour and a half early and, by coincidence, met Cline who was travelling alone. The two women struck up a friendship that lasted until Cline's untimely death in a plane crash in 1963.