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November 30th, 2011 By Rick Pender | Arts & Culture | Posted In: Theater

'Patsy Cline' Still Award-Worthy

Costumer is cited for authenticity

always patsy cline @ cincinnati playhouse - carter calvert - photo sandy underwoodAs Patsy Cline, actress Carter Calvert wears one of Gordon DeVinney's authentic costume designs. - Photo by Sandy Underwood

Let's give credit where credit is due. The League of Cincinnati Theatres award process moved quickly (if incompletely) on recognizing the Cincinnati Playhouse production of Always … Patsy Cline, which opened just a week ago today. The judging panel singled out costume designer Gordon DeVinney for his work. A panel member commented, “If you look at images of Pasty online, these ‘looks’ are incredibly authentic and evoke her persona in a startling and effective combination of era and personality.” DeVinney is the Playhouse’s costume shop manager; he has designed more than 30 productions for the Playhouse.

It's a shame that neither Carter Calvert, in the title role, nor Kathleen M. Brady, as her "good old gal" friend Louise, were recognized. The chemistry between them makes the show more than a simple musical revue.

Always … Patsy Cline is on the Playhouse's Shelterhouse stage through Jan. 22. Tickets: 513-421-3888

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