The Independent Recommends: Theatre - Oklahoma

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THE CAST are probably getting a bit sick of it by now, but you're unlikely to notice - Trevor Nunn's staging of Oklahoma! starring Maureen Lipman (below), is so polished, it's positively cinematic. Whether you love or loathe musicals, there's a euphoria in the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein portrait of turn-of-the-century frontier folk that is catching.

Olivier, Royal National Theatre, London SE1 (0171-452 3000) 7.15pm

I Licked a Slag's Deodorant, Jim Cartwright's grimy two-hander about a crack-addicted prostitute and a lonely man seeking mutual solace, sounds tasteless, but it has an unforgettably tart lyricism.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh (0131-226 2428) 3.10pm