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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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
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).
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.