‘Oklahoma!’ is merely OK

Diane Phelan and Jarid Faubel in “Oklahoma!”
Diane Phelan and Jarid Faubel in “Oklahoma!”Credit: Abby LePage

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Legend has it that as the producer Mike Todd walked out at intermission during a 1943 New Haven tryout of a show called “Away We Go!,’’ later to be retitled “Oklahoma!,’’ he offered a wisecracking verdict: “No legs, no jokes, no chance.’’

Oops. As everyone knows, the target of that barb went on to become one of the most colossally successful musicals in Broadway history. However, 70 years later, “Oklahoma!’’ has a problem that can be boiled down to this: No surprises.

That fact becomes abundantly clear in Berkshire Theatre Group’s serviceable but very seldom exhilarating production of “Oklahoma!,’’ now at the Colonial Theatre under the direction of Eric Hill. This production often feels like it’s going through the motions, stylish though those motions may be.

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