Oklahoma! (St Ann's Warehouse)
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Oklahoma! (St Ann's Warehouse)
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Oklahoma! (St Ann's Warehouse) NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(199 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
11%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Edgy, Absorbing

About the Show

Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical is boldly re-imagined by director Daniel Fish at St Ann's Warehouse.

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Member Reviews (199)

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945 Reviews | 386 Followers
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Disappointing, Insulting, Poorly directed, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You want to see an out of the box interpretation of Oklahoma...if you a very familiar with this work and can appreciate the changes.

Don't see it if You want to see Oklahoma. This aint it. Great talent that I can only assume was directed poorly. Interpretations in ways that made no sense. Read more

705 Reviews | 214 Followers
90
Riveting, Dark, Brooding, Sexualized, Desperate

See it if Avant garde reconstruction of the musical, turning it into a dark, chilling satire. Rearranges the music to support double meaning. Amazing.

Don't see it if You are looking for a happy upbeat experience. You don’t want to see women trapped in a cultural prison with male aggression & violence. Read more

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
89
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if for the darker elements inherent in the show & the level of sexual tension, small cast & score set with country twang, closeness to action

Don't see it if you want traditional version with full orch. and chorus, don't like "immersive" sets or plot changes, or the ballet as modern dance

616 Reviews | 273 Followers
93
An "oklahoma" for the 21st century; an audacious reimagining of the iconic musical

See it if this stripped down version finds in the original its Country and Western, feminist, raw sexual and violent roots; fine gutsy performances

Don't see it if some will feel betrayed by change 2 the ending of original (see below); Laurey's "dream ballet" redone as incomprehensible modern dance Read more

469 Reviews | 257 Followers
97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Creative, Great staging and acting

See it if you want to see an old-fashioned musical turned into something relevant and contemporary. This version also speaks to our times.

Don't see it if you only want to see traditional versions of classic musicals. Read more

467 Reviews | 70 Followers
65
Over directed, Pointless, Boring, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you like show-off directors who take a good show & take the heart out of it & fill the stage with tricks.This misses the point of Oklahoma

Don't see it if you love Oklahoma & don't want this to tarnish your memory of an important part of our theatrical canon.This is clever, captures the darknes

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
84
Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a new spin on a timeless musical. Performed by a brilliant cast of actors and musicians led by Rebecca Naomi Jones.

Don't see it if You expect the traditional Rogers and Hammerstein true to the page production. Very sexual and intimate. Read more

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
83
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing, Unique staging

See it if If you want an updated version of a classic with a more country western take on Rodgers & Hammerstein, a slightly more sympathetic Jud

Don't see it if don't want classics disturbed - with a more bizarre ending & a modern dance part, don't like scenes that are in almost total darkness Read more

Critic Reviews (29)

The New York Times
October 7th, 2018

"Brantley: 'What’s so thrilling about this exposure of what lies beneath is that you feel it was always there, waiting to be excavated'...Green: 'This has always been a very American story, of course, but has never felt like so much of one until now...Mostly Mr. Fish is audacious in ways that feel dead-on and delightful'...Brantley: 'The casting is spot-on and often illuminating...Green: ''Oklahoma!' is a rollicking good time: The jokes have never been funnier, the merry songs merrier.'"
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Time Out New York
October 12th, 2018

“A powerful revival...Some comedy remains but even that has an edge of danger...While it looks and sounds very different...the production doesn’t fight with the text. Fish’s vision treats Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical with deep respect, shining a hard light on its underlying issues of justice, violence, and the autonomy of women. It ventures into rough territory and leaves the show in a brand-new state.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 8th, 2018

"Without sacrificing the show’s humor or the beauty of its music, Fish and his company have created a charged, scary production, a story about the aggressions and ambiguities entwined deep in the root system of America...One of Fish’s vital interpretive strokes is to emphasize both Curly’s cruel streak and Laurey’s ambivalence, drawing out her emotional struggle as the heart of the play."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 7th, 2018

"Screaming with directorial ideas and concepts, some of which work and many others that don't, the production feels more like a doctoral thesis...Purists will be appalled and fans of experimental theater will be thrilled...The book and score are largely unchanged but the musical somehow feels much longer despite its conventional running time...While a lesser musical might benefit from such reinterpretation, Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic work, revolutionary for its time, really doesn't."
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The Observer
October 8th, 2018

"The world Fish and his designers create is stark but not uninviting...It’s an 'Oklahoma!' that sounds lovely and earns its laughs and heartache honestly, even if tempi slow to a crawl...Fish gives us more. He gets between the lines, finds the gray areas of ambiguity and fear that complicate the aw-shucks rom-com...Sexy, suspenseful and with a fresh, exuberant sound, this is an 'Oklahoma!' to hoot and cheer and stomp your boots at."
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AM New York
October 7th, 2018

"Fish’s stripped-down, rough-edged revamp...The mood is relaxed and casual. There is little separation between the audience and the actors...Distinguishing Fish’s production is a pervading ominous tone. Although Fish does not appear to have altered the lyrics or dialogue, he has radically remade 'Oklahoma!'...For the most part, this proves to be an intriguing and compelling interpretation...A far from definitive but refreshing 'Oklahoma!'"
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Theatermania
October 7th, 2018

“A radical reworking of Rodgers & Hammerstein...Fish is deconstructing the work down to its bones, bringing out flavor notes in the text that we've, in the past, willfully chosen to ignore...Fish has emphasized the aspects of the piece that speak to 2018...What makes this production so fascinating is the way we recognize those more incendiary elements as if for the first time...Not all the elements here work...Ultimately, though, Fish's excavation of ‘Oklahoma!’ is essential viewing.”
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Lighting & Sound America
October 8th, 2018

"If this 'Oklahoma!' roils with disruptive emotions and suggestions of brutality, most of the time everyone involved seems to be taking Rodgers and Hammerstein at their word, highlighting the darkness in the script and score. The production features two moments of possible overreach...In addition, a number of things don't quite work...Still, this is a starkly original exercise that is well worth your attention -- often musically beguiling, rife with tension, and loaded with laughter."
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