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 Imagine 2 classics in repertory, but at the same time. Forget Why?, incongruous themes force complete attention. Sonya utters Juliet lines.
Don't see it if Familiarity with both plays is essential or 2.5 hrs. will drag. Bland performances and wardrobe. Like the zombification of the classics.
See it if you like intellectually rigorous experiments w/ Chekhov. Tests your patience but the cast does great work—esp Millonzi as Sonya.
Don't see it if you want R&J to function as little more than an occasional symbol of poetic idealism used to magnify UV’s prosaic cynicism.
See it if This mash-up of Chekov and Shakespeare is complicated and messy but still fascinating. Definitely recommend rereading both plots synopsis
Don't see it if be prepared to journey back and forth between stories and language. Solid acting and amazing use of music and dancing but long. Very long.
See it if You admire the Bedlam company. Great Uncle Vanya, which should have stood alone. Not a good idea to try to combine with Romeo &Juliet.
Don't see it if You are not an admirer of the classics.
See it if you know and appreciate Vanya and R&J; can be confusing otherwise. It has some high moments and others where it drags. Could be shorter.
Don't see it if you don't know the underlying works. This production juxtaposes scenes from each. Often chaotic.
See it if you love Chekhov, Shakespeare and Bedlam and great acting and you are not afraid of innovation. If you love these classics, this is a must
Don't see it if you are looking for tradition or a lazy evening in the theater
See it if You love to see Chekhov challenged and deepened by Shakespeare. If you love Bedlam’s work.
Don't see it if You hate both Chekhov and Shakespeare, or if you like them simple and straightforward (and separate). If you want slmething big and splashy
See it if you like Bedlam's treatment of plays in the canon. I found this one a challenge: why they interwove these two plays is not obvious.
Don't see it if You like to see theater that is straight forward and doesn't present a problem interpreting.
See it if you are a theater nerd. You love anything meta. You love old text in new contexts.
Don't see it if You are easily confused. You hated either Romeo and Juliet or uncle Vanya.
See it if An often brilliant production of Uncle Vany often rudely interrupted by Juliet from R&J. Some gorgeous visuals on almost bare stage.
Don't see it if Not for people who love the classics as written. High levels of pretension that rarely help the story or the production.
See it if A funny, fast moving mash up of two classsics. Somewhat confusing but never boring. The acting was fantastic!
Don't see it if If you don’t already know both plays fairly well it might be hard to follow.
See it if you are intrigued in an interesting adaptation of uncle vanya, you like bedlam's work, you really like prose and heightened language
Don't see it if you want a clear interpretation of both pieces, you don't care for a strong vision like bedlam usually presents
See it if If you're a fan of innovation, have a sense of humor and like to laugh out loud at people's peculiar antics, at least in the first act
Don't see it if If you don't like a mixture of Chekov and Shakespeare this is not for you.
See it if You are fascinated by the parallels between these 2 classic plays and want to experience some top notch classical acting.
Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with these 2 plays or don't have a lot of patience to make the links.
See it if You are interested in the new perspectives that come from comparing and contrasting great works of romantic tragedy.
Don't see it if You are not already familiar with either play - especially Romeo & Juliet, as the interspersed scenes are tangential to primary plot line.
See it if you like experimental theater. If you like the play Uncle Vanya. The characters turn into R & J characters in interesting ways sometimes.
Don't see it if you want to see something light and fluffy. I love the risks Bedlam takes but the R & J death/crying scene felt unearned and LONG.
See it if you love the classics, especially redone; you are familiar with one or both source texts; you like to think deeply at the theatre
Don't see it if you primarily want a fun night out, you don't have a background in theatre, you don't know either play well or at all
See it if You're familiar with the source texts, love Chekhov/Shakespeare, are interested in works that re-imagine the classics.
Don't see it if You hate everything about Chekhov/Shakespeare, and you're unable to sit through a 2.5 hour play.
See it if You like the classics plus edgy imaginative interpretations.
Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare or Chekhov, especially at the same time.
See it if you have an interest in the craft of acting, and the challenges presented by Chekhov, and the ways his writing resonates with Shakespeare
Don't see it if If you don't know 'Uncle Vanya;' as this is pretty high level theater-nerd stuff. Before seeing this play, watch 'Vanya on 42nd Street.'