Monday, November 17, 2014


Tune up your guitar, start speaking with a twang, grab a cold Bud and find a comfy pair of cowboy boots as that great country western gal with a resonating voice that rocks the rafters is coming to town.  None other than Miss Patsy Cline will be creating her honky tonk heaven at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury until Sunday, December 7 and you surely don't want to miss the fun.

"Always, Patsy Cline" is the brain child of Ted Swindley, who created and originally directed it, based on a true story of one devoted fan for a star.  When Louise, a divorced mother of two, heard Patsy on the Arthur Godfrey Show on television, it was love at first note.  Her worship of her idol bordered ever so slightly on a stalker status, but her genuine reverence could not be ignored.

When Patsy comes to Louise's Texas hometown to sing, Louise is the first in line to say "howdy."  Their instantaneous mutual admiration brings them both a ten gallon cowboy hat full of pleasure.  Rebecca Barta's Louise is a true red, white and blue admirer, the president of Patsy's fan club and her most loyal supporter.  Her enthusiasm is contagious and captivating.

Louise's admiration is not misplaced. Christine Mild has channeled Patsy and made her her own, with a deep whiskey laced voice that captures her unique sound. Tunes like "Walkin' After MIdnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "Your Cheating Heart," "Stupid Cupid," "Crazy" and "True Love" are either lively and spirited or romantically challenging.  This vivacious lady can put a solid spin on any tune, like a jukebox bonanza.  A fine five piece combo of piano, fiddle, electric guitar, bass and drums, with Luke Nelson, Guy "Fooch" Fischetti, Jamie Sherwood, Danny Kraszewski and Mary Ryan are a royal court of musical majesty.  Semina DeLaurentis directs this bittersweet tale of a life cut too short, yet packed with a lasting and lingering melody.

For tickets ($47), call Seven Angels Theatre, 1 Plank Road, Hamilton Park Pavilion, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at  Performances are Thursday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Now is the time to mark your calendars for a return to the stage of that king of irreverent comedy, Mr. Rob Bartlett, for Sunday, December 7 at 7 p.m.
Make a date with Michelle Gotay to celebrate "Christmas Eve at Earlene's Diner" December 11 to 21 to enjoy some old fashioned hometown fun.
 New Year's Eve will see New York City comedians ready and willing to usher in the holiday with humor, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  The late show includes appetizers and a midnight champagne toast.  Call the box office for more information.  Also plan your early Christmas shopping at the annual Silent Auction, with winning bids closing December 7.

 Let the incomparable Patsy Cline bring her special brand of country western styling right to your seat.

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