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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.