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.
"'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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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