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 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 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 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 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 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 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
See it if you love the text of R&J and Uncle Vanya because there are some really clever moments in this, you like experimental, absurdist theatre
Don't see it if you are looking for something traditional, IT'S LONNNNGGG, not into meshing two plays that don't really go together, not a fan of classics
See it if you like great acting in an intimate setting or are a big fan of Uncle Vanya or Romeo and Juliet.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of the classics or non-linear story telling.
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 curious about deconstructive takes on classic material, love Bedlam's way of really owning the language & their particular aesthetic.
Don't see it if You get triggered by ideas that are primarily clever and just wish this amazing company had done the 2 pieces in rep instead of mashing them
See it if you enjoy adventurous, ambitious theater even if it's a failure at the end of the day.
Don't see it if you hate to see the classics mangled in a cavalier way by a troupe of ordinarily good actors (based on past work).
See it if You know Romeo and Juliet and Uncle Vanya very well
Don't see it if This show was so slow, and the light's so low that my eyes glazed over more than once in the first act. I think I actually fell asleep.
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 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.