MAX & ELSA: NO MUSIC. NO CHILDREN.

comedy · the norton school for the occasionally self-employed · Ages 10+ · world premiere · United States of America

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GREGORY CRAFTS certified reviewer · June 08, 2015
I have a confession to make. I've never seen "The Sound of Music." You'd think that would be a prerequisite for a show that pulls a "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" on the story of everyone's favorite family of Austrian musicians obsessed with Favorite Things and climbing Ev'ry Mountain. But I'm pleased to say that my lack of firsthand experience with the source material did not preclude me from enjoying this delicious comedy of character and wit one bit. Sure, there are lots of references to the source, but ample context is provided, meaning a passing familiarity with that story is more than enough to get you by here. In the meantime, you will enjoy the intrigues and behind-the-scenes machinations of two wannabe Machiavellis as they ... full review

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ISABELLA PETRINI certified reviewer · June 13, 2015
This might be the best fringe show I have ever seen. It may have something to do with how much I LOVE "The Sound of Music," but apart from that, everything about this show is top notch. The script is incredibly clever (that's an understatement), weaving the fun and crazy friendship of Max Detweiler and the Baroness Eberfeld with historical moments of the iconic film. Also, it's hilarious, truly. When I heard about the show, I wasn't sure whether the humor would be modern jokes in a historical context or not, but the production really honors the time period and film within the humor in a very intelligent way. Everyone in this show is fantastic, showing a side of these characters that we have never seen before. I would also like to compliment ... full review

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JIM MARTYKA · June 09, 2015
As someone who respects but personally looooathes "The Sound of Music," I found this show incredibly enjoyable! I think it truly works for everyone, balancing that fine line of parody and homage brilliantly. Great acting from all the players and a really clever script. It's early, but this is one of my absolute favorites thus far!... full review

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EMILY KEANEY certified reviewer · June 12, 2015
I could not stop laughing! Whether you loved or hated (or haven't seen) The Sound of Music, you'll love this hilarious look at the adventures of Uncle Max and the Baroness! ... full review

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LIZ MILLER certified reviewer · June 08, 2015
Great post-modern take on SOUND OF MUSIC. You won't even miss the music or children! ... full review

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JEN B certified reviewer · June 23, 2015
Hilarious, brilliant performances, excellent writing and direction. Loved it!... full review

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BEN MOROSKI certified reviewer · June 15, 2015
tagged as: Yes · polished · breathless · must-see · sold-out
Yes yes yes yes yes. "Max and Elsa" is sold out for a reason -- many reasons. Chief of which is that it just simply rocks. Four actors operating at the top of their comedy game. A polished and breathless piece of theatre. This is the kind of show that makes Fringe great. Of the same stylistic ilk as last year's "Women" (but with more dramatic and thematic meat on the bone), this flip-side send up of "The Sound of Music" is a MUST-SEE. Keep your eyes peeled for when/if they add shows during Fringe and grab yourself a ticket if you can! ... full review

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JIM HANNA certified reviewer · June 17, 2015
I've somehow never seen The Sound of Music and somehow it wasn't necessary to thoroughly enjoy this show stuffed full of SOM references. There's enough smart/sly/stupid silliness that I laughed the entire time. I have huge admiration for actors who play things outrageously over the top yet still 100% committed to the "realness" of their characters. This cast excels at this with a special nod to the supremely funny Clayton Farris. Apparently they've sold out their run but are adding performances. Buy a ticket as SOON as it's possible. Well done all!... full review

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DYLAN RIS certified reviewer · June 18, 2015
A stellar show from the first minute to the last. From the script to the performances to the direction to the costumes to the music, this was brilliantly done. One of my very favorite shows in 6 years of Hollywood Fringe Festivals. The initial run sold out, but I believe the producers are adding more shows. Try to make it to one if at all possible!... full review

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LAUREL VAIL certified reviewer · June 18, 2015
Totally delightful, even with my spotty recollection of Sound of Music. I think it would be great even if you hadn't seen SoM because it's so funny and charming and you can infer what is going on around them.... full review

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