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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

45
Disappointing, Cliched

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.

60
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting

See it if You like Uncle Vanya, you're OK with nebulous plots, you like Bedlam

Don't see it if You're a classicist, you're into linear plot

56
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating

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.

45
Confusing, Disappointing

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.

100
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.

70
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.

71
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

95
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

55
Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you follow the Bedlam Theater and Eric Tucker, who is a brilliant director.

Don't see it if you do not want to be terribly disappointed.

89
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.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Profound, Thought-provoking, Masterful

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.

During previews
70
Moments of brilliance, Quirky, Head scratcher, Surprising, Disappointing

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.

Also The question this show seemed to most assuredly raise was...”why”... T... Read more Read less

During previews
50
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Depressing, Dull

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

During previews
20
Disappointing, Tedious, Slow, Lifeless, Uninspired

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.

Also It breaks my heart to score this production so low & to actively deter... Read more Read less

During previews
64
Ambitious, Conceptual, Enervated, Half-baked, Protracted

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.

Also Eric Tucker's recent directing includes a few great successes (12th Ni... Read more Read less

During previews
54
Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated

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

Also This was so disappointing! Bedlam is known for their updates on classi... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Clever, Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if The acting is good. To see two story's in one but one is told more.

Don't see it if It goes into R&J out of the blue ( to me). It's a little slow.

Also I went to see how they would do two plays in one. Maybe they sure have... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky

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.

Also I am a big fan of Bedlam, but like others, wasn't able to appreciate t... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting

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.

During previews
64
Glib, Intermittently stirring, Audacious, Distended, More vanya than romeo

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.

During previews
45
Train wreck, Confusing, Indulgent, Excruciating, Slow

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.

Also That’s Yiddish for ‘hot mess.’ Neither the Vanya or R & J inform one a... Read more Read less

During previews
25
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Muddled

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.

During previews
50
Quirky, Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

During previews
60
Long, Strong acting, Indulgent

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.

Also Unfortunately I couldn't help but liken this to a project one does in ... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

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.

Also I have admired Bedlam productions in the past. Which is why I had high... Read more Read less


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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