[THEATER REVIEW] Always…Patsy Cline (Hale Centre Theatre)

Unfortunately this review is coming to you quite late. I actually saw Always…Patsy Cline at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy on August 4th but I have gotten really busy with my life as a film critic and podcaster that I let this review slip. It’s not because I didn’t enjoy the production, because I did, I just ran out of time.

Always…Patsy Cline is in the Jewelbox Theater at Hale and it is a 2 woman show telling the story of legendary country singer Patsy Cline through the lens of a real life fan turned correspondent Louise Seger (Tamari Dunbar). The 2 women met at a concert in Texas and continued to write each other until Cline’s untimely death in 1963.

Corri Cable Kidder plays Patsy Cline and she does a terrific job in what is basically a concert of her biggest hits. She has experience with the role having played her in the Gilbert Arizona Hale Theater production of the show previously (I wish Hale Sandy would come up with more of their own ideas. They copy so much of Hale Orem and Hale Gilbert even down to casting!). I wouldn’t say I’m an expert on Patsy Cline but Kidder sounded like her to me.

Kidder and Dunbar have great chemistry and their interactions give enough of a plot to tie the various songs together. I bought their relationship and overall it was pleasant to see a story about female friendship and bonding. The production values was also engaging with a full band the women interact with and a background of cowboy hats and boots that light up throughout the show.

If you hate country music than Always…Patsy Cline probably isn’t the show for you but that should go without saying. I love country music and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It’s playing until Aug 28th so if you haven’t seen it go check it out!

7 out of 10

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