Saturday, March 3, 2007

Oklahoma!

My friend Lauri recently suggested I come to a production of “Oklahoma!” that one of her theater companies (she’s involved with several) is putting on.

My first thought was, “Not THAT old thing,” but she convinced me that this was a totally new approach to the story. She has never steered me wrong, so I went.

In fact, this is not your Mother’s “Oklahoma!” The theater got permission from the R&H estates to mount a production that had not the big Technicolor sound we usually think of, but instead a four-piece jug band that is contemporary with the play (which is set in 1901). Using instruments such as the fiddle, upright bass, banjo, harmonium, and piano, the band really gives you a feel for the times. The pre-set is a huge Conestoga wagon that opens to become the set, the grittiness of 1901 pioneers was fully captured, and the show had a very genuine, earthly quality that served it well. The intimate feel of the theater was also perfect for the production. It was glorious.

Of course, now I have “OoooooooooOK! lahoma!” running endlessly through my head.

Friday are beer and pizza nights after the shows, so I hung out with Lauri and we talked about the show and the work she had done dramaturging it (I now know why Oklahoma is called The Sooner State). When the actor who played Judd walked by, I stopped him to tell him that he had broken my heart. He was pleased.

“I’m so glad you feel that way,” Lauri said. “I think his story is the tragedy of the show. He’s such a sad character.”

Time for bed – I have to be up tomorrow morning for glass class. Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day…..

4 comments:

SP said...

I do not want to hear any of those songs. You are forbidden to call me or establish any other contact until you are over this Oklahoma phase.

JC said...

You're just a girl who can't say no.

sp said...

I notice that Jessica has no been posting anything since that very first one. I would like to make publicly known that I won.

the perrins said...

Joy I just started reading your blog, I went to the beginning -May 2005, found you randomly by hitting the "next blog" button after my own blog. I like your writing, I feel like I am reading a good book, I won't let myself go to the current post until I catch up, from "where it all began"
Maybe because I was born in Chicago and now live in New England, the regional aspect appeals to me. I am not a stalker.
I am a glass blower, and I am very much enjoying reading your blog.
mine is, www.atlanticartglass.blogspot.com