In case you attend the present nationwide excursion of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma,” you’re going to see an American vintage, brilliantly staged from a contemporary and from time to time worrying viewpoint. If, then again, you pass to Shea’s solely for the euphoric feeling of full-throated musicals that encourage unbridled pleasure, get ready to be disenchanted.
“Oklahoma” follows the romance of a cowboy named Curly, as he courts a reluctant farm woman named Laurey. The display is very best remembered for rousing melodies just like the identify music, and artful comedian allure songs. Those come with, “Folks Will Say We’re in Love,” through which Curly and Laurey unwillingly disclose their mutual enchantment, and “I Cain’t Say No,” through which man-crazy secondary personality, Ado Annie, explains her incapability to withstand a sweet-talking guy.
In 2019, New York director Daniel Fish conceived an immersive and intimate manufacturing, carried out within the around, that centered at the darker parts of the plot, specifically, the tale of Jud Fry, a brooding farmhand, obsessive about Laurey. That is the model this is taking part in at Shea’s, with the staging remodeled to house proscenium somewhat than in-the-round staging. It’s a manufacturing that critics have cherished, however to which audiences have had blended reactions.