“The Seagull” and “Sense and Sensibility” by the Bedlam Theatre Company are the current stars in the off-Broadway firmament. Or were, as they closed yesterday after a sold-out run that commenced in the fall and drew well-deserved raves from major critics.
“The Seagull” in a new adaptation by Anya Reiss and “Sense and Sensibility” adapted by Kate Hamill who also performs most admirably in the production played as part of the inaugural offerings of the Sheen Center on Bleecker Street. In the black box theater space, seating just 93 audience members, both productions remain true to the collapsed aesthetic that Bedlam fosters by erasing barriers between audience and actors. “The Seagull” upends the traditional relationship between actors and audience mid-way through and “Sense and Sensibility” employs time honored theatrical story telling devices throughout. Both are a theatrical joy. Rumors around town hint at a return of “Sense and Sensibility” next fall. Keep an eye out for any potential transfer.