The celebrated minimalists of Bedlam present a new mash-up of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" and Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet."
"Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet" pairs William Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy of two star-crossed lovers with Anton Chekhov’s legendary play about a celebrated professor and his new wife’s return to their family estate. With a new adaptation of "Uncle Vanya" by Kimberly Pau, interspersed with the Shakespearean verse of "Romeo & Juliet," "Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet" will use 5 actors to weave together both stories, exploring how hidden passions can explode with the perspective of time.
See it if you love everything Bedlam does...but URVJ is not time well-spent. Neither play is brought to life w/the interweaving. Jarring transitions.
Don't see it if you want entertainment or enlightenment. Acting doesn't shine. I know both plays well, but what's the point of the juxtaposition? Annoying.
See it if A good concept but this is slow confuse add ing. If you like both writers or stories.
Don't see it if You want something that is more consistent flowing. If you want a faster paced show.
See it if Bedlam's quirky often irritating fusion of Shakespeare & Chekhov is episodic & heavy handed despite solid work from ensemble but well staged
Don't see it if Problem isn't the mash-up (it's more Vanya than R&J) It's the unrelenting, overwrought pace of the piece Lacks any subtly of originals
See it if Imagine 2 classics in repertory, but at the same time. Forget Why?, incongruous themes force complete attention. Sonya utters Juliet lines.
Don't see it if Familiarity with both plays is essential or 2.5 hrs. will drag. Bland performances and wardrobe. Like the zombification of the classics.
See it if you want to see a failed experiment by the Bedlam theatre company. It is hard to see what Tucker was trying to do in mashing up these plays.
Don't see it if you want to see Uncle Vanya played very broadly with snippets of Romeo and Juliet thrown in without making much sense.
See it if you're fan of experimentation, always needed 2 C a Vanya /R&J mash-up, like rest of Bedlams work, recognize actors trying 2 overcome script
Don't see it if don't want 2 give 2 1/2 hours to experimentation, want actors 2 succeed in presenting abstracts, need a reason, want some sort of continuum
See it if Mostly Uncle Vanya interspersed by a scattering of scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Confusing even if you know both plays.
Don't see it if You want a coherent theatre experience. You don’t like experimental theatre.
See it if you like intellectually rigorous experiments w/ Chekhov. Tests your patience but the cast does great work—esp Millonzi as Sonya.
Don't see it if you want R&J to function as little more than an occasional symbol of poetic idealism used to magnify UV’s prosaic cynicism.
See it if you enjoy the thought of mashup between Romeo and Juliet and Uncle Vanya with energetic performances but massively confusing
Don't see it if if massively confusing mashuos don't appeal to you
See it if you enjoy experimental theatre, the BEDLAM company, or just plain whimsical theatre. This troupe is great, although this offering is not.
Don't see it if you are not familiar with both plays in the title, or if you simply want to stick with Stoppard for mash-ups.
See it if This mash-up of Chekov and Shakespeare is complicated and messy but still fascinating. Definitely recommend rereading both plots synopsis
Don't see it if be prepared to journey back and forth between stories and language. Solid acting and amazing use of music and dancing but long. Very long.
See it if You admire the Bedlam company. Great Uncle Vanya, which should have stood alone. Not a good idea to try to combine with Romeo &Juliet.
Don't see it if You are not an admirer of the classics.
See it if You want to support a great theatre company not afraid to take risks. Enjoy when shows let you come to your own conclusions about the piece.
Don't see it if You dislike absurdist theatre. If you don't like either or both of the source materials. You are unfamiliar with the subject material.
See it if you love both texts and are alright with feeling lost much of the time.
Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional performance or are easily confused.
See it if you're up for some deconstructionist hijinks from the vibrant, actor-driven Bedlam company
Don't see it if you don't know Vanya and R&J well: you'll need that going in to try to appreciate what they're doing, which is ultimately not convincing
See it if you know and appreciate Vanya and R&J; can be confusing otherwise. It has some high moments and others where it drags. Could be shorter.
Don't see it if you don't know the underlying works. This production juxtaposes scenes from each. Often chaotic.
See it if you want to engage with an interesting dramaturgical experiment by a remarkable company
Don't see it if you expect the vigor and verve of a Bedlam show or you dislike Chekhov, anachronism, or disco balls.
See it if you love Chekhov, Shakespeare and Bedlam and great acting and you are not afraid of innovation. If you love these classics, this is a must
Don't see it if you are looking for tradition or a lazy evening in the theater
See it if If you like Bedlam's usually innovative takes on the classics, you will still be disappointed by this mismatch. This is 90% Vanya.
Don't see it if It is not a very clever combination of the 2 plays. If you like the 2 plays you will not like what has been done here
See it if You love to see Chekhov challenged and deepened by Shakespeare. If you love Bedlam’s work.
Don't see it if You hate both Chekhov and Shakespeare, or if you like them simple and straightforward (and separate). If you want slmething big and splashy
See it if you want to see this great space. Also set is cool in it's simplicity with good use of props and music.
Don't see it if you want a coherent play. The two plays together didn't make any sense to me and the pace so slow. I love this company but not this.
See it if You want to be confused about the great works and try to understand throughout what is going on.
Don't see it if You want to be entertained and want good theater