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 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.
See it if You know Romeo and Juliet and Uncle Vanya very well
Don't see it if This show was so slow, and the light's so low that my eyes glazed over more than once in the first act. I think I actually fell asleep.
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.
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.'
See it if You're a fan of theatre. This show takes risks and it all pays off.
Don't see it if You're not willing to see something completely different. If you go into this expecting a straight play, you won't enjoy it.
See it if You already know (and like) both plays very well. You don’t mind sitting through 2.5 hours for a handful of brilliant moments.
Don't see it if You only have a vague knowledge of either play. This will not play out well for you.
See it if Literal mashup of the two plays, mostly Vanya. A few but not enough clever moments and parody.
Don't see it if It took itself too seriously. It dragged on, indulging the nihilism and anger of Vanya with added bits of R&J, losing the liveliness of both
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.
See it if you are a fan of Bedlam or Eric Tucker as director & want to see everything they produce, even the lesser works.
Don't see it if you are expecting to see a continuous drama, or two of them, inter-cut.
See it if You want to see an unique, modern re-telling of Vanya and/or Romeo. You like a natural speaking style. You're familiar w/Romeo & Vanya.
Don't see it if You want choices that enhance the character & text. You prefer a more classical theatre style. You want Vanya & Romeo in their original form
See it if You are curious about the connections drawn between the characters in Romeo and Juliet and those in Uncle Vanya.
Don't see it if You like clear story lines and productions where the characters don't speak over each other frequently.
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.
See it if you want to see a unique mash up of classics. 1 stunning surprise, if you know the Chekhov, makes the exercise worthwhile.
Don't see it if you think either play should be consistently illuminated or made more entertaining by the pairing. The childish take on roles flattens them.
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.
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.
See it if you don't mind a mediocre production of Uncle Vanya interspersed with a few non sequitur bits of Romeo Juliet thrown in.
Don't see it if you are looking for a clever or meaningful mashup that brings new context to either play. This was indulgent and goes nowhere.
See it if you're interested in a mash-up of two classic plays; are a Bedlam fan.
Don't see it if you want a short evening; you're not into experimental shows, you'd rather see one or the other play in their entirety.
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.