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Shake and Bake: Love's Labour's Lost

From 88 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)

Member Reviews (88)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Quirky
82
Avg Score

82
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Quirky

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.

87
Clever, Funny, 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.

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.

80
Spirited and fun, Charmingly goofy, A "tasty" night out, Unique experience, 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

85
Delightful, Refreshing, Quirky, Great writing, Funny

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

84
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing

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.

74
Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if Food, booze (red, white, & Jager), and pop song choreography loosen up the quick Shakespeare play. Light production and food.

Don't see it if You have hardcore Shakespeare expectations. Super queeny gay acting “fool” is cheap laughs. Food is ok, mini courses.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

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.

80
Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, 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

83
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Hilarious, Masterful

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

75
Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Unique experience, Creative

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

65
Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if if you want the fun of experiencing theater in the round and having the actors serve you weird food/drink as part of show.

Don't see it if you can't stand Shakespeare performed by inconsistent performers and don't want to eat MAC N Cheese with CHEETOS and drink Jagermeister.

87
Hilarious, Delightful, Quirky, Clever

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”.

78
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.

80
Entertaining, Epicurian delight, Energetic, Quirky

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

75
Tasty, High energy, Lite, Playful, Satisfying

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

70
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You’d like to watch a show while having dinner; wanna try some Shakespeare woven with musical and dancing elements

Don't see it if You prefer devoted acting, sincere and smart delivery of lines, resonance within your heart... btw the “theatre” has only 1 shared restroom

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if great cast of actors singing, acting dancing and cooking/serving! a fun experience over all, and the style helped illuminate the text

Don't see it if don't expect a Michelin starred tasting experience - this is a delightful theatrical evening

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, 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.

88
Clever, Delightful, Engaging, Entertaining, 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

55
Confusing, Excruciating, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you know the play & understand that you won't hear all the dialogue; enjoy poor acting, and want free food & drink to get you thru this mess

Don't see it if you expect Shakespeare, a plot that you can follow & decent acting, This is a tedious circus, and not redeemed by the small portions of food

Also I expected better. An out of the way location. They all thought they w... Read more Read less

77
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

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

Don't see it if N/A

75
Unique, Dedicated cast, Quirky

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare in any form. you enjoy food - or both. Fun cast making awkward transitions work.

Don't see it if you need big production. You need Shakespeare the focus. Cast is dedicated dealing with some slow movement choreography / staging.

Also Production occasionally still seems to be in search of itself. Would l... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Delightful, Great experience, Quirky

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

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


October 13th, 2018
"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 ef...
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October 30th, 2018
“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 abl...
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October 23rd, 2018
“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 foo...
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November 23rd, 2018
"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 particul...
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