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.
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
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.