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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."
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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.


Member Reviews (88)

MEMBERS SAY:

Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Ambitious

60
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.

60
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.

60
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

69
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

69
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.

60
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

66
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.

59
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

68
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

52
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

50
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.

60
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.

50
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

69
Fascinating, Confusing, Exciting, Funny, For chekhov lovers

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

69
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Worth seeing despite....

See it if You appreciate great acting and experimentation

Don't see it if you don't like alteration in classics

Also Despite the confusion caused by the mashup of the two plays, it was de... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Great acting, Slow, Discordant

See it if the acting in the show is superb

Don't see it if you want some sort of connection between Uncle Vanya and Romeo and Juliet, you revere either work, you need zippy pacing

Also I wanted to like this, I really did. And I thought that the actors gav... Read more Read less

69
Great acting, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow, Missed the mark

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.

Also The acting was great, but the merging concept was poorly executed. It ... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing

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.

53
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

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

Also Where the two pieces really amalgamate is the passion in its most grea... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

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).

Also The mashup of Chekhov and Shakespeare sounded like an ambitious undert... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting

See it if You like Uncle Vanya, you're OK with nebulous plots, you like Bedlam

Don't see it if You're a classicist, you're into linear plot

56
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating

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.

55
Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you follow the Bedlam Theater and Eric Tucker, who is a brilliant director.

Don't see it if you do not want to be terribly disappointed.

During previews
50
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Depressing, 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

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

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


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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