Jacque Clydesdale Rises Above Superlative Cliches in ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 15, 2013

“For you and I have a guardian angel on high, with nothing to do but to give to you and to give to me, love forever true.” [Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, as sung by Patsy Cline]

I have a great job. Not only do I get to see my own scripts brought to life, but I get to stage other people’s scripts and help actors bring them to the stage as well. And without having anything to do with writing or directing a production, I’m still able to watch, in a darkened theatre, players perform magic and create a world of make-believe, which I enter sometimes uninvited. And then I am able to converse with these artists, confide in them my awe and wonder, and sometimes give advice or suggestions — wow!

Watching Always…Patsy Cline was a pleasure, a pleasure that I’m so happy to share. You needn’t be a theatre lover, but if you are it is more than enjoyable. And if not, but you do like music — any kind of music, and in particular that canon of songs which sometimes fall into the category of popular — you will be more than impressed. I’m of the school of thought that thinks all the productions here at the Roxy have an intrinsic value; but this production of Always…Patsy Cline has that rare ingredient — heart — and lots of it, making it open and loving and accessible.

I remember Lisa Dames in our previous production as being something special. And my Leslie (Greene) is always spot-on. This new girl (and I can say that since, at 66, anyone under 30 is), Jacque Clydesdale, has something beyond the superlative clichés which would seem to be offered only to increase ticket sales. She must be seen and heard to be truly believed.

The Vagina Monologues, for its eleventh consecutive year, was yet again a sell-out and a big success, not only for us but in the funds raised for the Magdalene House. Adriane Wiley-Hatfield and Leslie Greene played the proverbial bookends to our guest performers Amber Wallace, Allie Michael, Jill Eichhorn and Courtney Berlyak. Adriane and Leslie did not steal the show, but gladly made the guest performers the jewel in their respective performances. I’m pleased that we present this important work and even more than pleased that this community has embraced this production and made it their own. And for many, it’s an annual theatre outing.

They refer to themselves as the “Roxy Moms,” but they are more than that. They are loving parents, doting and dutiful, watchful and supportive, and we are recipients of their generous spirits which get us closer to our new center for arts and education. There are, of course, Roxy Dads, who carry the heavy load as well — but it seems that the lion’s share goes to the lionesses.

Always…Patsy Cline runs through March 2, playing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee tomorrow.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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