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 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.
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.
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.
See it if You want to see excellent acting in a experiment that doesn't work.
Don't see it if You care about either play and don't want to see something that only works as an acting lesson.
See it if If you want to see Vanya and romeo and Juliet played agains each other and enjoy bedlam companies reinterpretations of the classics
Don't see it if You are looking for recognizable interpretations of classical plays and traditional theatre
See it if You like mash-ups. It did nothing to illuminate either play, however.
Don't see it if You don't like either of the plays, or you like either of the plays. Bedlam sometimes does not expand beyond the basic concept.
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 You like people working really hard at being clever, you like post-modern bordering on absurdism but not quite.
Don't see it if You need/want entertainment. The actors are doing their best, but the material is pretty weak. The R&J piece feels pretty forced in.
See it if I can't think of any reason to see it. But I was tired so it may have been me as well. Not up to the other plays I've seen by Bedlam.
Don't see it if You don't like confusing mash-ups of plays.
See it if you're a Bedlam completist & are willing to experience 2 minutes of whimsy & 2 hours, 38 min of boredom in a pointless, confounding mashup.
Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the 2 classic works; you expect an innovative re-imagining of familiar texts from this usually-reliable theatre co.
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.
See it if You believe that throwing chunks of Romeo and Juliet and Uncle Vanya together sounds like a good idea.
Don't see it if You have any respect at all for Chekhov or Shakespeare. Bedlam has taken its own name too seriously in this ONGEPOTCHKET production.
See it if If you love Dada art or pseudo-intellectual, self indulgent characters you just might like this production.
Don't see it if you're expecting the same charming production Bedlam did of Sense and Sensibility. This is light years from that engaging show.
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.