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Shake and Bake: Love's Labour's Lost

From 6 critic and 87 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Quirky

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.

2h 0m | Already closed | 94 Gansevoort Street (West Village)


97
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

95
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

90
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

85
Theatermania

"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

85
This Week in New York Blog

"The two-hour presentation features music, dance, an eight-course menu with drinks, and a fine dose of Shakespeare, all stirred together for an appetizing evening...'Shake & Bake: Love’s Labor’s Lost' is a sweet and savory treat, even for Shakespeare purists...Goodrich and Fredrick are a particularly attractive Berowne and Rosaline among an appealing cast." Full Review

85
CurtainUp

“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


100
Clever, Intelligent, Must see, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if you love good food, great theatre, and unique atmospheres.

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare. But even then, it's a very refreshing adaptation of a rarely done classic.

100
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.

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100
Outstanding!

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

97
Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy a really well acted Shakespeare comedy. It was funny and charming. The food was also very good. We really enjoyed this all around

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare’s comedies. If you only like Shakespeare done in an historically correct way.

90
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.

90
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

89
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.

87
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if Totally enjoyable experience. Fun, silly and tasty— with some explosions of comic brilliance.

Don't see it if You want your Shakespeare “ straight”.

87
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.

87
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.

86
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Great experience

See it if you’re looking for an interactive show with food, wine, and small bites woven into the story. Decent acting, very clever modernization.

Don't see it if you’re expecting a full meal or a full classical Shakespeare performance. This is just pure fun with very clever tongue and cheek scenes

85
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like Shakespeare with a modern twist. Also if you like funny shows with great actors.

Don't see it if You want traditional Shakespeare without any changes or updates.

85
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want a delightful theatrical experience which brings Shakespeare in a new light. Funny, clever and with a taste menu & drinks.

Don't see it if You don't like theatrical experiences, want to see Shakespeare in traditional form, don't want to eat while you see theatre.

85
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You have seen other Shakespearean productions. You will enjoy this one the most! Intimate gathering, interactive cast, food & drink included

Don't see it if Even if Shakespeare is not you thing you will enjoy this show! My husband did not want to go put ended up liking. Liking the show. Sofa seat

85
Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Amusing, Delicious

See it if You enjoy non-traditional approaches to Shakespeare. Theater in the round. Intimate productions. Fun evening out where you don't work hard.

Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist who prefers to stay on the audience side of the fourth wall.

85
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You want a fun night out! Pared down version of LLL but the cast was high energy and full of enthusiasm..

Don't see it if You prefer traditional productions of Shakespeare or a Broadway play.

Also Shakespeare + food in an intimate setting- it was a great atmospheric ... Read more Read less

85
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.

84
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.

84
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.

83
Clever, Edgy, Masterful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an immersive, modern version of Shakespeare. The tasting menu is also clever and inventive. Loved the cast and plot!

Don't see it if You don’t like reimagined Shakespeare. You don’t like immersive theatre

82
Funny, Delightful, Indulgent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you like interactive shows. If you don't mind grabbing a bite with your Shakespeare fix. If you're not offended by silly takes on classic

Don't see it if You expect an actual shakespeare play. If you are gourmand. If you don't like interacting with actors.

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82
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if If you like the idea of immersive Shakespeare. It's as much a fun experience as a show. Great cast. The food is surprisingly good.

Don't see it if If you prefer Shakespeare told the traditional way. Or if you absolutely hate shakespeare in general.

82
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want a fun, modern take on a rarely seen Shakespeare play. You want to see a well- trained classical cast in a semi-immersive setting.

Don't see it if You prefer Shakespeare unedited and/or in a classical setting. You prefer classical plays performed w/ a more serious tone.

82
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You enjoy a bit of mad-cap fun with Shakespeare, and some light fair thrown in. The play is the thing, and the actors were up to it.

Don't see it if You don’t care for Shakespeare, or contemporary takes on Shakespeare, or both. But you would be missing out on a great show and a fun time.

80
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Decent food and drink

See it if you like your Shakespeare on the light, modern & frothy side, with actors commingling with audience members as they perform & serve food.

Don't see it if you prefer a more conventional proscenium theatre, as this plays out around you in a “parlour” or “court” while you sit on a couch & nibble.

Also Don’t expect five-star cuisine, but the tasting menu is at least above... Read more Read less


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