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The Bride

From 1 critic and 34 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Delightful

About the show

Bottoms Dream presents the NY premiere of this Shakespearean show, which weaves together themes, characters, and plots from 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'Love's Labour's Lost' to create an original story. More…

'The Bride' is the third installment in The Weaving Series from Bottoms Dream, and it focuses on the dangers and delights of love. Bottoms Dream was founded as a place where friends and artists could work together to create original, unique adaptations of classic plays.

Theater In The Now

"'The Bride' is a play for Shakespeare aficionados. In the grand scope of the canon, these two are probably somewhere in the lower middle tier of popularity. That being said, the clarity is not here...As the story unfolds, 'The Bride' is not quite a weaving, it's more like patchwork...Even if you have difficulty following along, where 'The Bride' succeeds is in the consistent physical vocabulary in direction and utilization of instruments and integration of music." Full Review

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like new versions of Shakespeare, great live music, excellent acting. You will walk out smiling.

Don't see it if You like only like traditional versions of classical plays.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love wit and innovation and Shakespeare in a beautiful small theater setting.

Don't see it if you want to see a dramatic production of original Shakespeare.

Clever, Ambitious, Great ensemble, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You'd like to experience a young, talented & very likeable cast convincingly (almost) meld 2 Shakespearean plays with great humor & music.

Don't see it if You're a purist, not liking your Shakespeare reimagined, shuffled or musicalized in any way; don't like sparkly lights or theatrical magic.

Also Especially in times like these, it's gratifying to see young eyes & en... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if The Bride was really fun. Virtually no set and minimal costumes, the focus is entirely on the actors -- who are young and talented.

Don't see it if a) don't like climbing 4 floors up to a small theater b) only like fancy productions, or c) if you can't follow iambic pentameter.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You are up to something classical and still refreshing and delightful.

Don't see it if you are only looking for a beauty and colors of well-staged broadway-style decorations

Also As soon as you arrive you have a feeling that it's going to be high-sc... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing, Funny

See it if Shakespeare is your thing. It was like two-for-one. The singing was amazing.

Don't see it if You can't climb steps. The theatre is up four flights, but very worth the climb.

Clever, Confusing, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if you enjoy adaptations of Shakespeare, when stories are combined and altered; you like dynamic performances in a pared down setting.

Don't see it if you are prefer the original text, if you like elaborate costumes and sets, or if you are confused by fast Shakespearean language.

Also This was a very clever mash-up of the two plays, and your enjoyment mi... Read more Read less

Great staging, great energy,, Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like mash ups of old favorites. You want to hear Shakespeare's verse manhandled- often successfully- in a variety of ways.

Don't see it if you want lush production. Cant follow parallel stories with overlapping and echoed dialogue.

Also The first Act was so lovely- the second half more traditional Much Ado... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare not taken too seriously; excellent acting; fun performance

Don't see it if you want your Shakespeare pure

Great acting, Great staging, Great direction

See it if you're a fan of Shakespeare, know his work well, and are open-minded to see a new take

Don't see it if you'er looking for cut and dry Shakespeare - but I'll argue this is more fun to watch!

Entertaining, Ambitious, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare with some creativity by a young energetic cast.

Don't see it if you only like large scale productions.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Fast moving

See it if You like Shakespeare with a twist. You like fast moving, energetic theater. You like simple yet effective staging.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare. You prefer elaborate productions.

Also Never a dull moment. This cast was so energetic they made me tired. LO... Read more Read less

Creative, Original, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You are a Shakespeare fan, like seeing new twists, fan of mash-ups, cool simple set use, original music, well paced. Strong Ensemble.

Don't see it if You are not a Shakespeare fan, or struggle to follow a complicated, twisting plot. A bit long, with folding chair seats.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you have a working knowledge of the plots and major characters of the two Shakespeare plays that are "blended".

Don't see it if You do not like Shakespeare works that are faithful to the Old English dialog.

Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you enjoy being entertained, you want to smile and ignore the world for a couple of hours, unlimited energy on stage pleases you

Don't see it if If you prefer bigger productions, music and staging

Also one other thing, had a hard time understanding the dialogue about 1/3 ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you like Shakespeare they do a good job of putting the two shows together. It is funny with good acting.

Don't see it if If you don't like Shakespeare. Also found the singing not to be the best at times and wasn't a fan of all the songs.

Also I love musicals, but felt this may have played better with out the mus... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Creative, Inconsistent quality

See it if You love Shakespeare and seeing young, energetic actors put a creative spin on a no-frills production.

Don't see it if You want a show where everyone sings on pitch. You want high production values.

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Slow

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare in any avtaar and a troupe of brilliant young actors do a fresh take on his work

Don't see it if Reinventing Shakespeare flumoxes you

Ambitious, Confusing, Great singing, Great acting, Great music

See it if You like Shakespeare with (really good) folk music, have prior knowledge of Love's Labours Lost & Much Ado, and want to see 2 plays fused.

Don't see it if You only want to see one play, like staging that isn't constantly about moving set pieces for no reason, dislike Shakespeare or live music.

Also Talented younger cast, beautiful use of lighting, fantastic music a la... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a youthful, earnest blend of two Shakespearean romantic comedies. Charming cast, nice ensemble work.

Don't see it if You're looking for a play that improves upon (or equals) the original works in terms of clarity. You're not up to hiking 4-floors of stairs.

Also Familiarity with both 'Love's Labour's Lost' and 'Much Ado About Nothi... Read more Read less

Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting, Great singing, Quirky

See it if You want to watch a play that combines two Shakespeare's comedies in an innovative way. The acting is pretty good.

Don't see it if Hard to follow the way they talk, and the convoluted plot makes it difficult to understand what is going on...

Also Really good actors. Like what the other reviewer said: they are energe... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining, Interesting staging, Uneven

See it if you are familiar with the Shakespeare plays used in the remix; you like youthful, low-budget, loving & inventive productions of classics

Don't see it if you rarely see Shakespeare (connections and parallels may be easy to miss); you look for high production values; you can't sit for over 2hrs

Delightful, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you like light comedy and don't mind a simple set.

Don't see it if you like a gorgeous stage or serious stuff.

Ambitious, Confusing, Entertaining, Some good acting, Nice music

See it if You like creative presentation of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You want a production where you can follow the plot.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You like the works of Shakespeare, and low budget (almost experimental) theater. The company does fairly well but it is best suited for fans

Don't see it if You don't have a grasp on Shakespearean plays, primarily because this is two plays patchworked together. It's very easy to lose track.