While most local theaters are cranking up rehearsals for shows to open later this month, the Cincinnati Playhouse's production of Always, Patsy Cline is still going strong. (It runs until Jan. 22.) That means this weekend is a good time to catch this recreation of the iconic Country singer.
Her story is told from the point of view of Louise, a devoted fan (played with comic zest by Kathleen M. Brady), a good old gal from Texas who first saw Cline singing on television and then coaxed some friends to go to her appearance in a Houston club. They met, became friends and pen pals. As Louise recounts the path of their friendship, Carter Calvert sings more than two dozen of Cline's greatest hits — "Anytime," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "San Antonio Rose" and of course, "Crazy." Calvert, a graduate of Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts, remarkably reproduces Cline's vocal stylings. You'll feel as if you've gone back in time and heard the real McCoy. —-