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Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet

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Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Ambitious

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (88)


Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Ambitious
Avg Score

Interesting idea; unsuccessful execution

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.

Ambitious, Slow, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

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.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Quirky

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

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Slow

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.

Misfire from bedlam, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent

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.

Also Confession: I walked out at intermission. I admire Bedlam and hope the... Read more Read less

What?, Indulgent, Soporific, Ill considered, Despite the text

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

Interesting smash up, Five players cover casts of two plays, Quirky but clever

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.

Slow, Great acting, Choppy, Not easy, Compelling/confusing ideas

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.

Also It’s a really uneven experience because the show fully misses the mark... Read more Read less

Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting, Excruciating, Indulgent

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

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

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.

Great acting, Slow, Confusing, Funny, 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.

Absorbing, Excruciating, Intense, Ambitious, Resonant

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.

Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky

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.

Confusing, Quirky, Indulgent, Ambitious, Absorbing

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.

Also "Peace, peace, Mercutio, peace!... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, 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.

Postmodern cocktail: mostly chekhov with a dash of shakespeare, For theatre geeks and bedlam completists, Illuminates neither vanya nor r&j

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

Also Some experiments are best left in the rehearsal hall. Sorry to report ... Read more Read less

Clever, Challenging, Well staged, Disappointing, Long

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.

Disappointing, Slow, Scarce half made up, Not shaped for sportive tricks, Rudely stamped

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.

Also This piece is a remarkably interesting experiment in slamming together... Read more Read less

The value of integrating vanya with romeo and juliet is questionable, but oddly (and i mean oddly) compelling often enough so it is entirely worth it.

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

Also Eric Tucker is a daring genius and his troop is amazing. This deserves... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Insipid

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

Also I have enjoyed Bedlam's experimental plays on the classics especially ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Great acting, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy Bedlam's mashups.

Don't see it if you like clear narratives and revere the two classics it's based on.

Confusing, Disappointing, Not interesting

See it if you feel you must see all bedlam's work even if not up to par

Don't see it if you don't want to waste time, some acting was good, but

Also some acting was good, but it was overwhelmed by this poor mashup of 2 ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Profound, Messy, Moving

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

Also In my opinion, it’s not really a “mash up.” It’s a production of Uncle... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, A mess up

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.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

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

September 27th, 2018
"Chekhov takes up much of 'Uncle Romeo,' which is a blessing because as staged here, the parts from his play flow better than the ones from Shakespeare’s tragedy...Some of the juxtapositions have a humorous impact...Larger, structural changes are not entirely convincing...It’s relatively easy to ...
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September 25th, 2018
"A crash-up of Chekhov and Shakespeare with an emphasis on the former: It's a vodka martini with the Bard as the vermouth. Unfortunately, this dramatic cocktail does little to bring out the shows' shared themes of passion, obsession and betrayal...Bedlam's M.O. is to crack open classic texts and ...
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September 26th, 2018
“’Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet’ begins casually and ends by breaking your heart...A riff on two plays at once, Shakespeare’s youthful romantic tragedy and Chekhov’s mature and moody comedy...The brilliance of Tucker and his company is to hold up a Shakespearean mirror to Chekhov in order to unleash h...
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October 8th, 2018
"Mr. Tucker’s 'Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet,' like even the most avant-garde of his shows, is both unpretentious and enormous fun...What Szadkowski does here is flat-out astonishing...Anyone who still questions the expressive potential of nontraditional casting should rush to see her. Everything abou...
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