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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Fire alarm stops steamy "Oklahoma!" scene at Arena Stage

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Nicholas Rodriguez and Eleasha Gamble in "Oklahoma": Hold that thought, okay? (Carol Rosegg for Arena Stage)

It is hot in here or is it just them? The big second-act love scene was getting underway in Arena Stage's production of "Oklahoma!" Tuesday night when the fire alarm went off. Awkward! But the show must go on... so Nicholas Rodriguez (as Curly) and Eleasha Gamble (as Laurey) held their embrace for an odd few moments as everyone waited to see if the alarm would keep ringing, reports our colleague Tom Sietsema. It did. Rodriguez let out a "Whoopie!" and the two exited the stage -- as the entire audience filed out.

No, it wasn't that mysterious farm fire possibly or not set by the evil Jud -- it was a patron exiting the building after another show who hit the alarm thinking it was the automatic door, theater rep Kirstin Franko told us. After waiting in the lobby for 10 minutes or so, the audience was allowed back in, and the show resumed.

By The Reliable Source  | December 1, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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