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‘Always . . .Patsy Cline’ at The Onstage Playhouse in Monroe

2012 April 26

Deb Clark and Caroline Boyd Monroe; Photo: MagicStar Photography

Only a six-year career, yet she’s still a star. Although Patsy Cline died in 1963 in a plane crash, you can hear country singer-songwriter Caroline Monroe Boyd cover more than 20 of her songs in “Always . . . Patsy Cline” at The Onstage Playhouse in Monroe, Ga.

Boyd headlines as Patsy Cline with Deb Clark, who plays her friend and manager, Louise Seger. Based on the true story of these two friends, Louise recants the tale of how they met and the two relive their times together.

Boyd rings out some killer sounds on “Love Sick Blues” and on “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” And Clark shines in a few comedic scenes, especially when she’s emulating a tobacco-chewing gruff club manager and a woman bawling over dog-men.

The backup band features Harriet Kilpatrick, piano; Dylan Wheeler, guitar; Charles Sewell, bass guitar; John Garner, fiddle; and Chuck Lambert, drums.

Written by Ted Swindley and directed by Steven Johnson, “Always . . . Patsy Cline” runs Fridays and Saturdays through May 5 at The Onstage Playhouse.

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