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Oklahoma! (St Ann's Warehouse)

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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. More…

With no chorus, a seven-piece band, a theater repurposed as a community social hall, and chili shared by the audience and actors at intermission, this intimate production strives to illuminate the musical form’s essentials to better expose the show’s emotional range and layered characters.

2h 45m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (196)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious, Edgy, Absorbing
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Avg Score

40
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.

Also Not sure what happened here. I’ve read some pretty good reviews of thi... Read more Read less

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.

Also I took the dream dance at the beginning of act 2 as a vision for futur... Read more Read less

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

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

Also Oklahoma is an archetypal celebration of Amer optimism & manifest dest... Read more Read less

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.

Also If only the current revival of "My Fair Lady" did something as interes... Read more Read less

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.

Also Both comedy and tragedy, including chili and cornbread. Actors and mus... Read more Read less

86
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like a risk-taking and inventive production of a classic musical. Cast is terrific with acting/singing. Entertaining, surprising, fun.

Don't see it if you want a classic staging of Oklahoma. This production has a darker tone and is somewhat experimental so it won't be everyone's taste.

95
Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like stripped down versions of classics, and will enjoy a dark take on what is already a pretty dark story.

Don't see it if you're a R&H purist, you take issue with non-traditional casting and you want big production values.

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

80
Slow, Quirky, Great acting, Modern perspective on dated perspectives, Uneven but ultimately absorbing

See it if you like high-end experimental. The annoyances of experimental theater are amplified but so are the payoffs. Vaill and Testa impress.

Don't see it if hoping for harmony, sonority, grace, or romance. Fish is mostly interested in the opposite. Book takes precedence.

Also When it’s good, it’s really good. But many irritating details. Songs s... Read more Read less

75
I loved the first act...and the veg chili

See it if The set is fun. The score fresh. Rebecca Naomi Jones and Ali Stroker shine. A new look. Wonderful take on the peddler.

Don't see it if You want traditional set, lighting, orchestration. You see Jud as more Rod Steiger than James Dean menace.

Also I liked Act 1 much better than Act 2. I really disliked the dance and ... Read more Read less

95
Great singing, Great staging, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are curious how an old fashioned romantic musical could be updated to be relevant for today's darker times yet still remain entertaining

Don't see it if you vote red, believe that America was once great and we need to go back to those better times. This show questions how great we really were

80
Edgy, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you're intrigued by a fresh take on a classic musical. Definitely edgier than what you'd expect from a typical R&H show.

Don't see it if you're an Oklahoma! purist. If you'd have objections to a reimagining of a classic, I'd skip this.

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

Also Loved the first act and would have given that a 90. It just got a litt... Read more Read less

75
Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You haven't seen Oklahoma on stage and want to see a modern-ish production. You like chili.

Don't see it if You're a traditionalist. I really didn't like the staging very much. It felt like they were in a gym. They also didn't use the space well.

88
A reinvention of a classic, Great acting, Intimate, Worth seeing

See it if You like your classics with a twist. This production has several.

Don't see it if You prefer your classics straight up.

Also I enjoyed this reimagining of Oklahoma and was willing to overlook som... Read more Read less

87
Delightful, Great staging, Edgy

See it if You like the classics through new eyes. It is spare and clear, with great individual characters and performances.

Don't see it if You want all sunny days, this exposes the dark elements of the story. You might not care for the dance break.

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Innovative interpretation of classic musical unlike prior B'way productions. It is darker and exciting to watch. The ensemble cast is great.

Don't see it if You are unwilling to see the show in a much different light and prefer the style of the productions that included Jackman and Wilson.

82
Enchanting, Edgy

See it if Young love triangles go bang and they learn to pair up to survive in the wild. Beautiful songs of young love. Some scenes get really dark.

Don't see it if Gun/shots, blood, stalking, toxic masculinity are triggering. Want a traditional, less dark, production. Modern dance to you is meh.

Also Ticket from online rush on TodayTix for $27.50. Seat was in the last r... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love Oklahoma and the wonderful music of this show. You appreciate a new, stripped down yet wonderful interpretation of this classic.

Don't see it if No reason not to!

Also Loved it's original production at Bard, too!

84
Great music, Great staging, Intense, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you value a vivid and occasionally chilling re-contextualization of a gorgeously scored Broadway classic. Great acting.

Don't see it if bold direction sometimes oversteps itself (especially in the confusing ending). the show is dated despite the fresh interpretation.

Also The music was wonderful and the acting was very solid, especially the ... Read more Read less

83
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see Oklahoma like you've never seen it before.

Don't see it if you have a set idea about what Oklahoma should be and won't entertain any deviation.

Also Without changing any of the words, this version made me rethink how I ... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Oklahoma, reimagined. Committed performances.

Don't see it if Not the feel good Oklahoma of yesteryear ... cynical and dark

81
Intimate, Great singing and musicians, Dark, Intense, Surprisingly relevant

See it if you appreciate modern takes on classic musicals. This feels very relevant for our times and hard to imagine that it was written in the 40s.

Don't see it if if you aren't open to new interpretations. If you haven't seen Oklahoma I recommend reading a synopsis first (wish I did).

Also I could have lived without the dream ballet. I understand why it was t... Read more Read less

98
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.


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 fee...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 muc...
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