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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
Avg Score

During previews
Confusing, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you're a fan of all of Bedlam's out of the box works, won't be disappointed by two classics attempted to be mashed up

Don't see it if you want a clear-cut production of either Vanya or R&J or will be bothered by an indulgent concept that didn't add much to the Vanya plot

Also I loved Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility and Cry, Havoc but I'm still no... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Clever, Worth seeing, Great acting

See it if u feel everything Tucker does is worth seeing.Like experimental theater & r willing to put up with a creative mess with moments of genius

Don't see it if u r not famiiar with Vanya or Romeo & Juliet. Do not like experimental theater. Long for these plays beautiful words untouched.

Also I truly believe EVERYTHING done by eric is worth seeing. This first pr... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Moments of glory

See it if I know Vanya and Romeo well and got a few valuable, memorable insights out of the attempted mashup.

Don't see it if But I'm not convinced this show will entertain a broader audience and wish Bedlam had stuck to the great idea of doing these plays in rep.

During previews
Disappointing, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you are in love with Bedlam and want to see what they're up to.

Don't see it if you want a coherant play or expect either Uncle Vanya or Romeo & Juliet productions.

Also I just loved Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility and was very disappointed by... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Quirky, Confusing, Convoluted, Long

See it if You enjoy experimental dramas. The play's premise is very intriguing but the execution fell very short.

Don't see it if You avoid complicated, hard to follow, long dramas.

During previews
Confusing, Entertaining, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you are interested in experimental theatre, you have deep abiding love for either of the works being used, you don't mind weird.

Don't see it if you prefer straightforward, linear plots and ideas; you don't want to have to think too hard;

Also I've wanted to see a Bedlam show for a long time, but this is the firs... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you're an established fan of Eric Tucker's direction, Bedlam's former projects, or the source properties & are willing to see a fresh take.

Don't see it if you expect either play to be newly illuminated by this mashup. The connections between characters as presented are incomplete & unclear.

During previews

See it if you think there are parallels between these two plays that warrant a mashup

Don't see it if if you think life is too short to spend 3 confusing hours theater without being entertained or amused even a little.

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Bold

See it if You want to see an ambitious and bold reimagining of 2 titans of theatre.

Don't see it if Your taste level is traditional .

Also The juxtaposition of a very colloquial translation of Chekhov (Kimberl... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You're a die hard fan of the company

Don't see it if The First Act was sheer torture .sat in lobby and accessed internet on my phone rather than wasting another hour.had to wait for a friend.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you like out-of-the-box theatre even if it doesn't land.

Don't see it if You expect it to live up to Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility or Vanity Fair.

Also This was ambitious but it just didn't work. The Rome and Juliet parts ... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Self indulgent

See it if For those who like Bedlam’s take on well known novels and plays this is an opportunity to see their interpretation of two well-known plays

Don't see it if This confusing production takes random scenes from both plays but never realized before that everyone whines in Uncle Vanya in high decibels

During previews
Inconsistent, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You'd like to see a production of Uncle Vanya interspersed with moments from R&J.

Don't see it if You are expecting a full mash up of both shows. You can't sit through classical text.

Also The first act is very engaging and enticing but they lose it in the se... 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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