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Toronto Star raves about Arena Stage’s Oklahoma! & Molly Smith

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, opened as the inaugural production at the Mead Center for American Theater ( Fichandler Theater, SW, Washington, DC).  The production received critical raves and is playing an extended limited engagement through December 30th, 2010.

This Oklahoma! merits the exclamation point

Toronto Star newspaper

November 19, 2010

By Richard Ouzounian Theatre Critic

WASHINGTON, D.C.—You’re doing fine, Oklahoma!

The splendiferous revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical that has reopened the revitalized Arena Stage, the resident theatre of America’s capitol, is great news for Canadians on many levels.

In the first place, the amazing complex is the work of Vancouver architect Bing Thom. Secondly, the company’s general manager is a man who earned his spurs here at Canadian Stage, Edgar Dobie.

But perhaps most importantly, the show has been beautifully directed by Arena’s artistic director, Molly Smith, and she’s going to be undertaking the same duties for the Shaw Festival’s flagship production of My Fair Lady in the summer of 2011 to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

If Smith’s work on Oklahoma! is any indication of what she’s going to do with My Fair Lady, I would buy my tickets for the Shaw Festival right now. Continue reading