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New York | 2h 0m | Ends Jan 05

Shake and Bake: Love's Labour's Lost

From 5 critic and 61 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

This intimate, in-the-round production of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" invites you to enjoy an eight course tasting menu with wine, created in front of you throughout the performance. More…

The ailing King of France owes the King of Navarre money. Unable to make the trip himself, France entrusts his daughter to go negotiate the settlement. But just before she and her ladies arrive, Navarre and his men make a pact to swear off women, eat only 6 meals a week, and sleep only 3 hours a night so that they can spend the rest of their time devoted to study. By the time the women arrive the men are exhausted, hungry, and lonely. Nonetheless, Navarre sticks to the plan and tells the women that they may not enter the gates and must instead camp outside in the field. The women, having none of it, hatch a plan to outsmart the men.

Front Row Center

“A creative, fun and audience-involved event that satisfies all of the senses...I could see that the multi-generational attendees were truly captivated, as was I, by the adventure, joined in the experience and became completely involved with the creativity of both the show, the drinks and the food. The fun of the evening, sprinkled with delightful music was accompanied by creative dances...Everyone left happy in mind, body and spirit." Full Review

Daily Beast

"A pure and unadulterated delight...It combines an eight course meal, with wine pairings and a compact and breezy Shakespearean comedy...'Shake & Bake' manages to produce a near perfectly turned 'Love’s Labour’s Lost,' one worthy of any of any of New York’s stages...There is scarcely a clunky note over the course of two hours...Rarely have I seen an audience more engaged or enthralled with Shakespeare...As easy and breezy a production of Shakespeare as can be found." Full Review

Theater Life

"Let it be noted that the actors are not only excellent in their roles but also proficient waiters, something not too surprising when one considers how so many actors at one time in their lives earn their living. They also pour wine and bus the tables. And they’re not working for tips! In fact, what they get at the end of the show is well-deserved applause. This 'Love’s Labour’s Lost' is a feast for the eyes, ears and palate. It’s the kind of innovate theater we’re all hungry for." Full Review


"This unique show puts a delicious spin on one of Shakespeare's most beguiling comedies...Goldman's tasting menu smartly echoes and enhances the story...Swern's nimble staging matches the economy of his well-shorn script: The run time is cut down to two hours, with the whole Kingdom of Navarre effortlessly squeezing into the dining room...The cast welcomes us into what feels like an intimate dinner party amongst a group of particularly nerdy friends." Full Review


“An entirely new take on the cryptic comedy...Eight young actors will amuse you with their comic antics and tickle your taste buds with a delicious eight-course meal...The food is good but the play's is still the thing and the actors speak their Shakespeare trippingly...Swern, supported by an able cast, takes the ‘sweet smoke of rhetoric’ from Shakespeare's original, adds on a well-seasoned meal, and simply allows the audience to sit back and enjoy the great feast of language.” Full Review

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Engaging, Unique experience

See it if you like a, funny, very entertaining + tasty evening out with theater combined with delicious treats of food + wine. Very engaging actors.

Don't see it if you prefer pure, unabridged Shakespeare performed in its usual style.

Also We loved the combination of very engaging and entertaining acting and ... Read more Read less


See it if you want to feel what it's really like to 'eat, drink and be merry' all in one sitting!

Don't see it if you have a reluctance towards exceptional theater and delicious gourmet treats.

Also From the pickled carrots to the vanilla custard, from great physical c... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if you want a (very) good meal, with drinks!, and a fun Shakespeare play, all in one.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist, or dislike intimate audience configurations.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like new theatrical experiences and have an understanding of Shakespeare

Don't see it if you like audience interaction with the actors and want to sit in a dark theatre

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a new take on Shakespeare with a tasty spin on the side.

Don't see it if You don't like funny theatre.

Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if Tasty appetizer portions of many dishes, glass of white & also red wine, plus a shot, all included with ticket. Cast has a blast + interacts

Don't see it if A bit hard to follow the plot, but who cares? 1 hr 45 min flies by and you'll have fun with the merry cast while being wined & dined.

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if The Bard served up to be palatable (literally) for modern diners.What all actors aspire--to play Shakespeare & juggle apps. simultaneously.

Don't see it if Further degradation heaped on hardworking actor class, but what the hey--the grub's good. Might be required to sit on divan w/ strangers.

Also High grade might be booze-influenced.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delicious

See it if You're hungry, and want to enjoy a unique experience of a Shakespeare production with delicious food.

Don't see it if You want to see a larger production.

Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Immersive Shakespeare ... taste his words. Dedicated cast. Fun setting.

Don't see it if Difficult to follow language, emphasis more on entertainment than the words.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Intelligent

See it if you want a fun dinner theatre outing. The actors interact with the audience, and the food is great!

Don't see it if dinner / interactive theatre is not your thing.

Quirky, Entertaining, Energetic, Epicurian delight

See it if you like intimate setting where the actors are in your face, nice appetizers & wine - Shakespeare with music, dancing, wine & food

Don't see it if you like theatre in the dark away from the action - you know and love Shakespeare to the point were any deviation from his words upset you

Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate well-executed creativity and would like a cut, modernized, musical version of a Shakespeare play ... with dinner!

Don't see it if You are Shakespeare purist.

Also This show is delightful and clever. Clearly a lot of work went into cr... Read more Read less

Unique experience, Spirited and fun, Charmingly goofy, A "tasty" night out, Inventive choreography/music

See it if Like yr Skspre abridged & modernized, turned into a musical & offered up as funky dinner theater. It's clever, fun & a true NY experience.

Don't see it if Don't want 2 to eat a set menu (8 courses!) served by a talented cast w some minor audience interaction, or want serious the-ay-tuh. QUIRKY!

Also This is special date night stuff (pricey, but meal is good and wines a... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if You want to see a Shakespeare production that is a pure ball of joy and energy. You are a foodie as well as a theatre lover.

Don't see it if You dislike truncated/edited works of Shakespeare. Definitely not one for Shakespeare purists.

Also "Unquiet meals make ill digestions." William Shakespeare ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Creepy

See it if you want to see a Shakespeare production and you are a misfit of sorts and love theatre

Don't see it if you like to participate in the show or and get the ebbie gibbies easily

Clever, Entertaining, Great fun!

See it if You want a fun night out that includes a tasting dinner! You want to see an inventive way to enjoy Shakespearean themes in a modern way.

Don't see it if You are expecting real Shakespeare - it is not.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love Shakespeare. You like food and wine served during a show.

Don't see it if N/A

Funny, Creative, Quirky, Entertaining, Unique experience

See it if you want to experience a different type of theater that is fun and silly. The audience is ushered to couches and fed while being entertained

Don't see it if are not in the mood for a little silliness. You have to be able to let go and enjoy the experience.

Also This was a fun experience and the actors were very energetic and did a... Read more Read less

High energy, Tasty, Satisfying, Playful, Lite

See it if you don't have time for dinner & a show: Here you can combine the two! Plus, the high energy performances and food are both above average.

Don't see it if you balk at abridged Shakespeare or if you don't drink since the free wine certainly helps some attendees get into an interactive spirit.

Also Memorable Line: "The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apo... Read more Read less

Creative, Great acting, Disjointed, High-energy, Boozy

See it if You like *really* contemporary musicalizations of Shakespeare (esp. in the first act), smart acting (esp. in the second), and lots of wine.

Don't see it if You want to see something resembling the complete LLL; you mind having the story (or what's left of it) interrupted by food/drink service.

Also In spite of the choppy script (esp. pre-intermission) and the challeng... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful, Confusing

See it if You’re a little bit hungry need a few laughs Don’t expect brilliant Shakespeare

Don't see it if You take your Shakespeare very seriously

Funny, Delightful, Great acting

See it if A new twist on Shakespeare! Excellent acting paired with food & drink! Hillarious! Loved how the actors brought to life this classic story!

Don't see it if can't think of any reason not to see it!

Funny, Clever, Epic, Great acting, Must see

See it if You are seeking to spend a non-cliche night in the city. You like Shakespeare, enjoy food and wine, and like to experience sth unique.

Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of fun and laughter.

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if First of all, I really dislike participation theatre, not sure that's the right word, but I loved this. So remove that barrier.

Don't see it if You don't like good food, great acting and too much fun. We had a blast!

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious

See it if you want to see a creative, modern, accessible and light-hearted rendition of Shakespeare or if you love immersive / experimental theatre.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a classical Shakespeare experience in a traditional theatre

Also This show was so much fun!!! I didn’t know what to expect going in, an... Read more Read less

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