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The Radicalization of Rolfe (FringeNYC)

From 68 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

About the show

A FringeNYC Encore: Austria, the 1930s. Messenger boy Rolfe, 17 (going on 18) is about to discover that forbidden sex and the Third Reich don't mix. This dark comedy proves that B-characters have a destiny, too. More…

It's Salzburg, Austria in the last golden days of the 1930s. Rolfe is trying to rise in the ranks of the new order. Unfortunately, he's stuck delivering messages to a certain widowed naval captain with seven children, and flirting with the eldest daughter under the watchful eye of the children's new governess from nearby Nonnberg Abbey. Rolfe quickly discovers that the conflicts between his ambition and his sexuality pose life and death consequences.

Member Reviews (68)


Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

Disappointing, Indulgent, Ambitious, Cliched, Heartfelt

See it if sexual politics during WWII interest you - Rolfe's transformation into a Nazi and his eventual capitulation to their regime feels believable

Don't see it if you're a diehard Sound of Music fan who'll be disappointed by cheap jokes based on lyrics and by constant summarizing of the original's plot

Ambitious, Confusing, Funny, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You love The Sound of Music so much that you'll see anything that references it. You're intrigued by back story shows like Wicked.

Don't see it if You want a show that has decided whether it's a light-hearted spoof or a serious examination of the rise of Nazism in 1930's Salzburg.

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Cliched, Great acting, Fluffy, Slow, Quirky

See it if If you are a rabid fan of The Sound of Music

Don't see it if Any other kind of person

October 28th, 2016
"Bergh has tried fervently to escape the shackles of the source, but they don't release easily...Bergh has plenty of points to make, but they have trouble landing amid all the comedic landmines...It may feel like a lot of filler. This is not because of the actors, who are competent and profession...
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October 27th, 2016
"A uniquely witty original take-off on 'The Sound of Music'...The script is clever and amusing, as it challenges the audience to recognize the well-known show tunes from which they’re taken. But the funny pop-culture references are underscored with intimate views of the devastating effects inhere...
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August 16th, 2016
for a previous production "A play that was just as much fun as — and cleverer than — it promised to be...In Abigail Zealey Bess’s tone-perfect production, Rolfe (Logan Sutherland) is gay and closeted, unable to stay away from the sweet, teasing Johan (Alex J. Gould). The two are so lovely together that you’ll root for the...
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August 17th, 2016
for a previous production “Broad puns, corny references to Rodgers & Hammerstein and an obscure yet relevant allusion to Marvel's Red Skull are all in the mix. But Bergh doesn’t just crank out meta jokes...The dramatic stakes help move 'The Radicalization of Rolfe' beyond mere spoof, and offer characters of some depth (fe...
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