Jersey Productions' summer season has kicked off with a production that avoids cliches and plays to the strengths of the Rodgers and Hammerstein show that actually established a new way to tell stories, using songs and dancing to advance the plot. Director Jason Bruffy has given this spirited 'Oklahoma!' a straightforward momentum, and Liz Vosmeier has reproduced Agnes de Mille's iconic choreography that was an essential attraction of the original hit.
This show was originally mounted in Chicago a year ago by a company called Theo Ubique; it was well received by audiences there. The Cincinnati production is staged by director Lyle Benjamin, under the auspices of his Queen City Off-Broadway company.