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Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet

33 Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious
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The celebrated minimalists of Bedlam present a new mash-up of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" and Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet."
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"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.


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“Five doubling actors make their transitions with surprising ease and ingenuity. More importantly and to our delight, no character in either play is given short shrift...The ensemble does it all...We only have to sit back and marvel at how effortlessly we are being drawn into the co-existing dramas...This is neither a parody nor a patronizing view of these two great plays but rather invests a bit of wit and whimsy into each and into each an equal measure of pain and sorrow." Full Review


70
Funny, Great acting, Confusing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You like BEDLAM’s work and enjoy a good ensemble of actors

Don't see it if If you want Plays told in a classic way.

66
Great acting, Quirky, Slow, Great staging, Half-baked

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.

50
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like interesting, ambitious shows that just don't quite work. Very talented company, the Vanya half is great, but R&J part didn't work

Don't see it if You don't want to sit thru a promising first act of a show for the wheels to come off in an overly long second act.

45
Indulgent, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You're already familiar with both plays

Don't see it if You're not open to a concept not being fully explored. Acting was a mixed bag but the Vanya/Romeo was a little embarrassing to watch

40
Ambitious, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

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.

26
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you really like Bedlam

Don't see it if you like coherent, linear storytelling.

88
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Bold

See it if You want to see an ambitious and bold reimagining of 2 titans of theatre.

Don't see it if Your taste level is traditional .

Also The juxtaposition of a very colloquial translation of Chekhov (Kimberl... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Confusing, Worth seeing

See it if u feel everything Tucker does is worth seeing.Like experimental theater & r willing to put up with a creative mess with moments of genius

Don't see it if u r not famiiar with Vanya or Romeo & Juliet. Do not like experimental theater. Long for these plays beautiful words untouched.

Also I truly believe EVERYTHING done by eric is worth seeing. This first pr... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in experimental theatre, you have deep abiding love for either of the works being used, you don't mind weird.

Don't see it if you prefer straightforward, linear plots and ideas; you don't want to have to think too hard;

Also I've wanted to see a Bedlam show for a long time, but this is the firs... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Moments of glory

See it if I know Vanya and Romeo well and got a few valuable, memorable insights out of the attempted mashup.

Don't see it if But I'm not convinced this show will entertain a broader audience and wish Bedlam had stuck to the great idea of doing these plays in rep.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you're an established fan of Eric Tucker's direction, Bedlam's former projects, or the source properties & are willing to see a fresh take.

Don't see it if you expect either play to be newly illuminated by this mashup. The connections between characters as presented are incomplete & unclear.

70
During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Surprising, Moments of brilliance, Head scratcher

See it if You already know (and like) both plays very well. You don’t mind sitting through 2.5 hours for a handful of brilliant moments.

Don't see it if You only have a vague knowledge of either play. This will not play out well for you.

Also The question this show seemed to most assuredly raise was...”why”... T... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You are curious about the connections drawn between the characters in Romeo and Juliet and those in Uncle Vanya.

Don't see it if You like clear story lines and productions where the characters don't speak over each other frequently.

Also I am a big fan of Bedlam, but like others, wasn't able to appreciate t... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you are in love with Bedlam and want to see what they're up to.

Don't see it if you want a coherant play or expect either Uncle Vanya or Romeo & Juliet productions.

Also I just loved Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility and was very disappointed by... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if The acting is good. To see two story's in one but one is told more.

Don't see it if It goes into R&J out of the blue ( to me). It's a little slow.

Also I went to see how they would do two plays in one. Maybe they sure have... Read more Read less

64
During previews
Audacious, Glib, Intermittently stirring, Distended, More vanya than romeo

See it if you want to see a unique mash up of classics. 1 stunning surprise, if you know the Chekhov, makes the exercise worthwhile.

Don't see it if you think either play should be consistently illuminated or made more entertaining by the pairing. The childish take on roles flattens them.

64
During previews
Ambitious, Half-baked, Conceptual, Protracted, Enervated

See it if you are a fan of Bedlam or Eric Tucker as director & want to see everything they produce, even the lesser works.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a continuous drama, or two of them, inter-cut.

Also Eric Tucker's recent directing includes a few great successes (12th Ni... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Indulgent, Long, Strong acting

See it if you're interested in a mash-up of two classic plays; are a Bedlam fan.

Don't see it if you want a short evening; you're not into experimental shows, you'd rather see one or the other play in their entirety.

Also Unfortunately I couldn't help but liken this to a project one does in ... Read more Read less

55
During previews
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you're a fan of all of Bedlam's out of the box works, won't be disappointed by two classics attempted to be mashed up

Don't see it if you want a clear-cut production of either Vanya or R&J or will be bothered by an indulgent concept that didn't add much to the Vanya plot

Also I loved Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility and Cry, Havoc but I'm still no... Read more Read less

54
During previews
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You want to see an unique, modern re-telling of Vanya and/or Romeo. You like a natural speaking style. You're familiar w/Romeo & Vanya.

Don't see it if You want choices that enhance the character & text. You prefer a more classical theatre style. You want Vanya & Romeo in their original form

Also This was so disappointing! Bedlam is known for their updates on classi... Read more Read less

51
During previews
Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Long, Convoluted

See it if You enjoy experimental dramas. The play's premise is very intriguing but the execution fell very short.

Don't see it if You avoid complicated, hard to follow, long dramas.

50
During previews
Depressing, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow, Dull

See it if Literal mashup of the two plays, mostly Vanya. A few but not enough clever moments and parody.

Don't see it if It took itself too seriously. It dragged on, indulging the nihilism and anger of Vanya with added bits of R&J, losing the liveliness of both

50
During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you don't mind a mediocre production of Uncle Vanya interspersed with a few non sequitur bits of Romeo Juliet thrown in.

Don't see it if you are looking for a clever or meaningful mashup that brings new context to either play. This was indulgent and goes nowhere.

49
During previews
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you need to see everything, good and bad, that Eric Tucker and Bedlam do.

Don't see it if You want a cogent or even entertaining mashup of these two plays. It was the triteness of the execution that was the most painful.

Also I have admired Bedlam productions in the past. Which is why I had high... Read more Read less

49
During previews
Great acting, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are a Bedlam fan and want to see everything they do. This was mostly disappointing interspersed with some brilliant moments

Don't see it if you are not a major Bedlam fan. This one was tedious, slow and too long.


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