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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
Avg Score

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

78
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.

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

84
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.

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

71
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.

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

74
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.

75
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

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

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

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

77
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

70
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

81
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.

75
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.

77
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.

85
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

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

26
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you really like Bedlam

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

75
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.


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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