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re: TB REGIONAL REVIEW: "OKLAHOMA!" in CHICAGO
Posted by: Singapore/Fling 05:57 pm EST 01/17/22
In reply to: re: TB REGIONAL REVIEW: "OKLAHOMA!" in CHICAGO - AlexanderKat 11:33 am EST 01/17/22

I saw this production on Broadway, and it was wonderful. The direction was sublime, with Fish using a number of downtown theater ideas and blowing them up to Broadway scale in order to create a satisfying new take on showbiz razzmatazz. I can't speak to how well the production works when it's attempting to fill a massive proscenium theater, but in the intimacy of Circle in the Square, moments like the pitch black scene between Curly and Jud felt monumental, asking the audience to engage in the story in a new and profound way - and then when we suddenly get this blown-up close-up of Jud's face, it's devastating. This is one reason why video is not used throughout the production: it hits hard precisely because it is a unique event.

The reviewer here is clearly struggling with the way it's directed, and rather than investigating what has been presented and attempting to understand why it's done the way it's done, is instead condemning it for not conforming to the reviewer's idea of "good" directing. That's within their purview as a critic, but it strikes me as a rather hysterical reaction to a well-conceived production that, at least in the round, brought the material into the present in ways that made it feel fresh and new. Obviously, it's not going to be for everyone, but like it or hate it, this production was not a blunder.
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