A*cute Review: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Illustration by Douglas Fraser

by Jackie

Love. Drama. Jealousy. No, I’m not referring to a new reality show. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! may be set in the early 20th century, but a dynamic cast and nearly seamless direction make its themes relatable to the everyday young woman caught between following her heart and stubbornly asserting her independence.

A comedic script set to show tune standards and punctuated with impressive dance numbers tells the story of the willful Laury, who turns down Curly’s affections and rejects him for Jud, a burly farm hand. Laury can’t hide her feelings for Curly after he turns his attention to another girl, but Jud refuses to let Laury go. What is this, real life?

Eleasha Gamble as Laurey and Nicholas Rodriguez as Curly in the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (Photo by Carol Rosegg.)

The witty delivery of the classic story charmed me. The music and dance numbers gave the play an electric energy that held my attention captive.

I also loved the costumes, and am looking forward to translating the look into a contemporary outfit.

June Schreiner as Ado Annie Carnes and Cody Williams as Will Parker. (Photo by Carol Rosegg.)

In an earlier post, Sherria put together a look that takes a modern twist on an Oklahoma! classic.

Get the look! 

Maxi Office Look: (Blazer: Top Shop $100; Skirt: Dorothy Perkins 28GBP* ; Tank Top: Old Navy $6).

The Arena Stage production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! runs until October 2, 2011 at the Mead Center for American Theater. Tickets may be purchased online at arenastage.org, by phone at (202) 488-3300 or at the sales office at 1101 6th St., SW, DC.

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