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Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet

From 88 member  reviews
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."

"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)


Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Ambitious

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Slow

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.

Slow, Great acting, Choppy, Not easy, Compelling/confusing ideas

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.

Also It’s a really uneven experience because the show fully misses the mark... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slow, Confusing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like BEDLAM’s work and enjoy a good ensemble of actors

Don't see it if If you want Plays told in a classic way.

Absorbing, Excruciating, Intense, Ambitious, Resonant

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.

Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky

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.

Clever, Challenging, Well staged, Disappointing, Long

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.

The value of integrating vanya with romeo and juliet is questionable, but oddly (and i mean oddly) compelling often enough so it is entirely worth it.

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

Also Eric Tucker is a daring genius and his troop is amazing. This deserves... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Profound, Messy, Moving

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

Also In my opinion, it’s not really a “mash up.” It’s a production of Uncle... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Challenging, Thought-provoking, Quirky

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.

Ambitious, Confusing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Masterful

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.

Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intelligent

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.

Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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.

Confusing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Intense

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

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious

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.

Also I loved the first act which was mostly Vanya, but I found the second a... Read more Read less

A clever idea turns out to be too clever.

See it if You are a Bedlam fan and will follow them through thick and thin.

Don't see it if You don't know UNCLE VANYA and ROMEO AND JULIET really, really well.

Also Although I've loved Bedlam productions in the past, this one never cam... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Dizzying, Exquisite, Great acting, Indulgent

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.

Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

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.

Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

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.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Dizzying, Clever, Resonant

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

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Romantic

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.

Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if If you're a fan of Bedlam and great acting.

Don't see it if You only like very linear pieces of theatre.

Cliched, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like good theater and actors working hard

Don't see it if Do f see it if you don’t care for tedious plays

Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

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.'

Also I was so happy after intermission, and stunned and pleased after the p... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like classic plays but riffs on those classic plays

Don't see it if you're looking for a normal old play.

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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