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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

10
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

7
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

40
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.

38
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

47
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Slow

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.

46
Slow, Quirky, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

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

45
Indulgent, Disappointing

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.

31
Why?, Overly long, Pretentious, Great acting

See it if you don't know both original plays and believe that a fuzzy rewrite will improve something that doesn't need improvement

Don't see it if you like plays that make sense

Also there is nothing wrong with experimenting, but this re-write makes lit... Read more Read less

45
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

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

26
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you really like Bedlam

Don't see it if you like coherent, linear storytelling.

45
Disappointing, Cliched

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.

45
Confusing, Disappointing

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.

During previews
20
Disappointing, Tedious, Slow, Lifeless, Uninspired

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.

Also It breaks my heart to score this production so low & to actively deter... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting

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.

During previews
45
Train wreck, Confusing, Indulgent, Excruciating, Slow

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.

Also That’s Yiddish for ‘hot mess.’ Neither the Vanya or R & J inform one a... Read more Read less

During previews
25
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Muddled

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.

During previews
49
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

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.

Also I have admired Bedlam productions in the past. Which is why I had high... Read more Read less

During previews
30
Confusing

See it if you think there are parallels between these two plays that warrant a mashup

Don't see it if if you think life is too short to spend 3 confusing hours theater without being entertained or amused even a little.

During previews
14
Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You're a die hard fan of the company

Don't see it if The First Act was sheer torture .sat in lobby and accessed internet on my phone rather than wasting another hour.had to wait for a friend.

During previews
40
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you like out-of-the-box theatre even if it doesn't land.

Don't see it if You expect it to live up to Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility or Vanity Fair.

Also This was ambitious but it just didn't work. The Rome and Juliet parts ... 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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