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Oklahoma! Reviews

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Average customer review: 1.5 star rating (1.3 Stars)

Number of reviews: 438



4.0 star rating Rosalie Davis from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The worst show I have ever seen, can not say one good thing about it. Been seeing live show for over 50 years and this is the first time I walked out of a show.

4.0 star rating Colin from Tempe, Arizona


It’s certainly different, but it’s not “woke,” as some reviewers are alleging. They’re probably alleging this because Ado Annie is played by a Black trans woman. But she’s played, as always, for comic relief: Hardly “woke,” in my opinion. What’s good: The song lyrics and dialogue are almost completely unchanged. A slight change at the end of the show is strikingly logical, as if the director is correcting a plot hole that’s always existed. Otherwise, mere changes in acting and lighting turn this show from a happy-go-lucky love story into a story about a man we’d immediately recognize today as an “incel”: Jud Fry, the farmhand. Scenes that are nearly always played as comedy become truly dark, and you’re left wondering how you could ever have thought the scene was funny. What’s not so good: To make the troubling scenes striking (and they’re downright unforgettable), the non-troubling scenes are fairy boring. And that’s roughly the first hour, with hardly any dancing or lighting changes

3.0 star rating from Greenville, South Carolina


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.

3.0 star rating Josh from Greenville, South Carolina


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.

3.0 star rating Karen from Buffalo, New York


Very dark. Not a feel good play. Talented actors and singers. The second half opened with such loud music that I had my hands over my ears. It lasted too long that loud, started getting a headache and left. Several people left at intermission.

3.0 star rating Jack T. from Providence, Rhode Island


The original R&H Musical Score was SO good that even THIS 2022 Adaptation couldn’t ruin them. Otherwise, PPAC should be ashamed for their deceit. You really should inform people what they are getting into before taking their money. I have enough challenges in life. I come to the Theatre to feel good. “Oklahoma” is supposed to be a joy, with grand music. Well the music was grand, but where was the joy? Is “My Fair Lady” going to be like this? If so, I’m selling my tickets. Specifically, suicide? Darkness? Startling gunshots? Blood? And, can somebody please tell me the point of the endless modern dance routine at the beginning of Act II? Beautiful music, disappointing Show! JT

3.0 star rating Brenda from Providence, Rhode Island


3 stars for effort. I love seeing off Broadway Shows at PPAC. I love supporting the talent that comes through the doors at PPAC, but I have to say Oklahoma was the worst most uncomfortable show I have ever seen. I wish I could get my money back. I felt the way the story was portrayed, caliber of costumes, set and talents were not Broadway level. I understand wanting to change and update stories from the past, but sometimes it’s okay to stay old school and actually put money into the production. I have never been to a show at PPAC where so many people walked out, leaving early. Sad. There were whispers of people around us trying to figure out what the heck was going on, as my husband and I were thinking the same thing. It was creepy and weird with the close up videos. It was so odd. My husband asked me if we should leave at intermission and I said, let’s stay hopefully it will get better. It was unfortunately a night I wished I stayed home.

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