Rolf

New York City | 35-49 | Male
About:  I grew up in Europe watching Shakespeare and other classics, opera and some of Germany's great theater disrupters, from Zadek to Peymann to Ostermeier. As a teenager, I hitch-hiked to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to overdose on dozens of performances per day, from Dostojevski in Russian to the worl... Read more Read less
Reviews (26)
74
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you're in for 75 minutes of irreverent standup by a great comedic actor & 2 funny sidekicks about God & its creations

Don't see it if you're easily offended or were hoping to see Sean Hayes do physical comedy

92
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you're in the mood for a fast-paced, imaginative multimedia adaptation of a popular teenage novel that combines dance, pantomime & much more

Don't see it if you're absolutely not in the mood for a coming-of-age story - even if it is action-packed and full of adult themes

69
The Front Page
Midtown W
Great acting, Dated

See it if you're up for a testosterone-filled, star-studded classic screwball comedy that's more quick-witted than laugh-out-loud funny

Don't see it if you're expecting irreverent belly laughs throughout, or you're a feminist

68
Misery
Midtown W
Great acting

See it if you're a big fan of pulp fiction & good-against-evil storylines or want to see the faithful stage adaptation of a Stephen King thriller

Don't see it if you're squeamish or hoping that this stage adaptation will expand in any way on the Stephen King book it's based on

73
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy theater for the sheer joy of discovering something new & you don't mind performances that are a bit rough around the edges

Don't see it if you don't want to participate & contemplate your own role as an actor, or if you prefer shows that leave little to chance & your imagination

93
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you're in the mood for a classic musical brought back to the stage with equal amounts of razzle-dazzle stagecraft & old-fashioned charm

Don't see it if if you prefer the bombast of an Andrew Lloyd Webber production or the childlike fantasy of a Disney musical to a story about love & war

80
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Raunchy, Great singing, Funny, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate the intricacies of Bob Fosse choreography & are in the mood for a more adult-themed musical about sex, love & murder

Don't see it if you prefer light-hearted comedy, colorful sets & extravagant costumes to a biting satire about crime & celebrity feat. misfits & anti-heroes

94
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to see the most spectacular Broadway show, period - & you don't mind if some of your friends will say that's uncool

Don't see it if you abhor spectacle, synthesizer-heavy music & camp or you'd rather see the latest indie play than a show which has been around for a while

88
Matilda
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you're in the mood for an innovative adaptation of a Roald Dahl coming-of-age story that's quirky & fun despite its dark subject matter

Don't see it if you don't want to see child actors sing and dance for two hours

98
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Ambitious, Dizzying, Exquisite, Epic, Must see

See it if you can: The show's magnificent, powerful, exuberant tap numbers will have you at the edge of your seat, even if you never cared about dance

Don't see it if you are in the mood for a somber play or a whimsical musical geared toward the Disney crowd

94
Caught
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy performance art & are in the mood for an experience that will challenge your perception of reality & generate plenty of discussion

Don't see it if you like theater in a box, with linear narratives & the play's message served on a silver platter

92
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Raunchy

See it if you like the kind of thought-provoking, adult-themed, sometimes raunchy plays Neil LaBute writes & are in the mood for an intimate solo show

Don't see it if you prefer to be dazzled by more light-hearted productions that feature a large cast, colorful costumes, intricate sets and lots of action

90
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Romantic, Great staging, Uneven

See it if you like Disney, stories about adolescent romance & big, colorful, fast-paced blockbuster productions that combine comedy, dancing & acting

Don't see it if you prefer intimate productions focused on adult themes over megaproductions that are high on camp & cliche

79
Entertaining, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if you're in the mood for an raunchy rock show fronted by a hunky queer guy in (and out of) drag

Don't see it if talking about sexuality makes you uncomfortable & you don't want to see a half-naked, sexually ambiguous man prance around the stage

92
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound

See it if you usually prefer indie dramas to Broadway musicals & are in the mood for an unconventional, thought-provoking family drama

Don't see it if you're socially conservative & anti-gay or you're looking for classic Broadway razzle-dazzle

73
Therese Raquin
Midtown W
Great acting, Dated, Great staging, Slow

See it if you're into lengthy, brooding period pieces with a skilled cast, including Keira Knightly, who's intense even though she rarely speaks

Don't see it if you don't like period pieces or you easily get bored when scenes stretch out & lights stay dim for long periods of time

73
Blue Man Group
East Village
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if you want to bring the entire family along to a fun, action-packed multimedia experience that'll tickle at least four of your senses

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a spectacle that's heavy on pantomime & light effects but light on plot

95
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Profound, Great writing

See it if you love powerhouse musical performances & an emotional story of rebirth that pulls at the heartstrings

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie or aren't prepared to shed a tear or use your imagination to make up for the time jumps & lack of props on-stage

75
Stomp
East Village
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you like the idea of turning found objects into musical instruments in a show whose diverse cast communicates entirely through dance & drum

Don't see it if you like your shows muted - there's lots of banging & stomping here!

91
Entertaining, Edgy, Great writing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you like off-kilter, politically incorrect humor & want to see a musical that's a bit edgier than the standard Disney fare

Don't see it if are not in the mood for a musical & can't see yourself enjoy politically incorrect jokes about women, religion, poverty & Africa

49
Paramour
Midtown W
Disappointing, Excruciating, Great staging, Dizzying

See it if you like Cirque du Soleil & won't mind a flimsy, derivative plot that's occasionally interrupted by (awe-inspiring) acrobatic numbers

Don't see it if you like Cirque du Soleil, you like musicals & you like theater but doubt all three together could make for one coherent production

90
The Humans
Midtown W
Relevant, Quirky, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if if you like dark comedies that dissect complex family dynamics & provide each cast member a moment to shine on a magnificent 2-story set

Don't see it if you aren't in the mood for a family drama, however fast-paced & laced with sarcasm it may be

81
Romantic, Fluffy, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you're young (or young at heart), enjoy the story of Peter Pan & want to see a big production featuring a handful of adorable child actors

Don't see it if you're looking for a truly adult angle on Peter Pan & its writer: This show is primarily for children, even though it features adult romance

70
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Insipid, Great staging, Quirky, Banal

See it if you like plays which are staged in non-traditional ways that break the fourth wall and leave much to the viewer's imagination

Don't see it if you expect tour-de-force performances by Mary-Louise Parker & Denis Arndt (the play's tone is quite measured) or an intricate set design

85
Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Delightful, Intimate

See it if you're a child of the 1960s & 70s & like the idea of an adult-themed musical with strong female leads that you can sing along with

Don't see it if you're not interested in Carole King's music or life story & prefer more whimsical, campy productions to a (mostly) serious jukebox musical

90
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Great staging, Entertaining, Epic, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you're young (or young at heart) & enjoy big blockbuster productions with strong female leads, Disney movies & musicals, & The Wizard of Oz

Don't see it if you prefer edgy, independent, intimate productions that focus on adult themes & rely more on the acting than on costumes & set design