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James d from Manhattan, New York
I saw the show on Broadway and it was really good. It might be a little dark for some people, but it was fine for me. The “diversity” (woke by a reviewer) did not detract from the entertainment in any way. My daughter wants to see it (but couldn’t because she had class project due that week) so now I’m going to have to take her to a tour date. I will be curious how it plays outside New York? If it’s anything like the Broadway show, I’ll be fine seeing it a second time, which speaks for itself.
from Greenville, South Carolina
WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS
Does anybody screen these shows? Peace Center management really let the city and their clientele down. Would venture to say half the theater emptied at intermission. Terrible.
Josh from Greenville, South Carolina
NEW TONE IS GOOD, BUT THERE ARE TRANSLATION ISSUES
The new "Oklahoma!" is good and focuses on some compelling issues. Everyone complaining that it's too dark seems to forget that no song or dialogue has been changed from the original; the emphasis has simply shifted. I liked Curly a lot, Jud's first solo is amazing and I loved the manic version of the last song. That said, there are major translation issues from the Broadway show to the touring show. The Broadway show was in an intimate theater where audience members had a close view of facial expressions and movements. The touring show is playing in large auditoriums. The staging is too static. There's not enough movement or lighting or musical cues to follow the action. Some scant choreography (corn shucking scene) feels wasted and nonsensical narratively. It's hard to hear what many actors are saying because no one has a mic. People who complain that this is "woke" make no sense. Story is the same; there are simply people of color and a transgender actor. Read between the lines.
Kathy from Minneapolis, Minnesota
LEAVE GRANDMA AND THE KIDS AT HOME
The musicians are great. Laurey and Ado Annie are amazing. The production is confusing in it's messages. I am a season ticket holder and wanted to like it but was very disappointed.
Bam Wilder from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Usually I don't write reviews, this was something else. The town slut (Ado Annie) was the only one that seemed like she wanted to be there, everyone else... I don't know. They tired and it didn't make sense, it seemed like there was two directors and they both wanted to do different things. The dark camera wasn't it. I like the dances but it didn't fit... This didn't need to be done, just make a new play and stop using the name Oklahoma! for marketing purposes.
from Greenville, South Carolina
BORING, HARD TO FOLLOW
Singers were good but difficult to hear their words at times. No scene changes. Storyline hard to follow. Music way too loud after intermission. Had to plug my ears. I’ve been to some Broadway plays in NY and this was just so disappointing. Went for our anniversary and we both agreed, it was a sleeper.
Virginia from Greenville, South Carolina
NOT TYPICAL BROADWAY
Very disappointing.....no orchestra, no set changes, no sparks to set the magic of theater.....a high school in Greenville could have performed a better production.....sorry but not in league of big time arts. Money wasted. Sound is poor and voices didn't project. Peace Center may have been at fault in this regard. Yes, I have seen plays in New York, London, Germany, Atlanta....this is by far the worse I have seen on stage.
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