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.
“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
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 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.
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
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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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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