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'Oklahoma!': Reviewer gets poor review

I had the opportunity to see “Oklahoma” performed at the Whidbey Playhouse last night and then read the review by Mr. Rick Levin today. I truly believe he is not on the same page as the rest of those who refer to themselves as “theater critics.”

Most of them know the term “theater” encompasses not only drama and comedy, but musicals as well. The recent Tony awards as well as nearly a century of Broadway ticket sales would seem to indicate that “musicals” have a vital part in our culture and economy.

“I’ve never been a fan of musicals.” — Rick Levin

The fact that he can’t sing probably precludes his brain from accepting operas, musical comedies and other contemporary works as important. Does he have any idea what impact the following have had on our culture: Aida, Carmen, The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, South Pacific, Annie-Get-Your-Gun, Porgy and Bess, The Music Man, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables AND Oklahoma?

If you gave him the job of theatrical critic for Whidbey Island, now would be a good time to reconsider your decision.

“I’ve always considered the whole musical thing existentially silly and inherently embarrassing.” — Rick Levin

I won’t waste time with more quotes of his smarmy sophistication, but with his attitude he could not get a paying job as a critic within telephone distance of New York.

Mr. Levin’s take on what the story is about, its plot structure and conflict resolution, as well as its romantic interests, could have been written by the proverbial “infinite monkeys at their typewriters,” though their version would probably be better thought out and more lucid.

“Oklahoma” is a classic that will be around long after your Mr. Levin has shuffled off his mortal coil; so will the people who value hard work, loyalty and dedication.

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