Oklahoma! (St Ann's Warehouse)
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Oklahoma! (St Ann's Warehouse)

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

(199 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (199)

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188 Reviews | 38 Followers
Riveting, Must see, Great staging, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you love it when new life and new ideas are breathed into a classic, you love a stripped down, folksy score, you like chili.

Don't see it if you get upset when any liberties at all, no matter how justified, are taken with a classic.

187 Reviews | 31 Followers
Great singing, Must see, Great directing, Resonant, Masterful

See it if you’re prepared to experience the “great all-American” musical through a completely new, shockingly relevant, unbelievably stirring lens.

Don't see it if you’re a traditionalist.

208 Reviews | 39 Followers
Clever, Exquisite, Great staging, Intense, Profound

See it if You want to see a traditional show with an​ unconventional spin. Great theatre

Don't see it if You want to see a quirky, cool show.

64 Reviews | 17 Followers
Riveting, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if You love classic musicals and believe they can be retooled and reinvigorated; this is a stripped down yet FANTASTIC production.

Don't see it if You hate theatre. Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone not loving this show. Read more

174 Reviews | 23 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a new vision of the classic musical.

Don't see it if you really, really, really hate musicals Read more

71 Reviews | 9 Followers
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a revival that reveals the depth and darkness in Oklahoma! that you rarely ever see, yet keeps the usual aesthetics.

Don't see it if You want to remember Oklahoma! as a bright, sunshine-and-lollipop feel-good musical. Read more

324 Reviews | 68 Followers
Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting, Relevant

See it if You want to see a newly envisioned "Oklahoma" for today, mining the essence of the original work for its timeless themes.

Don't see it if You are a musical theater purist who dislikes seeing new takes on classic works.

510 Reviews | 271 Followers
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

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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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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