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Falsettos Reviews

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Average customer review: 1.5 star rating (1.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 27

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1.0 star rating David Simon from San Francisco, California

WORST PLAY IN YEARS

A deep disappointment. The characters were shallow and unsympathetic. The music was meh and some of the singing was off key. We left after the first act, something I have not done in 25 years.

1.0 star rating from San Francisco, California

MAKE IT STOP

Long time season ticket holder. I've endured much, but this one beat me. Disjointed, rambling, continuously off-key, and emotionally barren in a tossed salad of WTF. The staging is distracting to the point of infuriating. For the love of god, stop making the actors rebuild the set every 30 seconds into yet another unidentifiable pile of children's blocks that look basically like the last set of blocks they spent ages rearranging a few minutes ago. I found myself feeling sorry for the cast and crew who have to perform this train wreck night after night. They seem to know it doesn't work and to be longing for it to be over almost as much as the audience. It's possible they left at intermission also. I can't be sure.

1.0 star rating Liz from San Francisco, California

VERY DISAPPOINTING

I have seen many, many shows through SHN and this is the first one that I have actually hated. The writing gives you know reason to care about the characters. Story elements seem to happen at random and don’t feel connected at all (don’t get me started on the terrible opening number or the bizarre falsetto song in the first half.) The singing was weak and weirdly off key. The songs are almost indistinguishable from one another. We thought about leaving at intermission but were tempted to stay by the promise of two new characters. This was a mistake. The lesbian neighbors show up in act II and suddenly are part of the family with no explanation. This show simply doesn’t earn any of the emotional beats it tries to hit which is a shame giving the highly charged nature of the material. The only thing I liked about it was the set design. The big foam blocks were sort of interesting, though an awful lot of time is spent rearranging them for no discernible reason. Skip this one.

3.0 star rating Anonymous from Chicago, Illinois

UNDERSTAND THESE REVIEWS

Interesting to see reviews here *after* seeing the show. Agree with much of what they say here: would have left at intermission myself had i been there alone. The clear storyline in first act felt week - i wanted to care about the characters and story yet just didn’t get there. Agree that ‘Dance of the Falsettos’ was bizarre and disconnected from the story. — seemed like it was there to explain the title and nothing more. Might have made more sense in Act 2 as a wild dream of Whizzer while he was ill. The neon-and-smoke filled number was well-performed yet just did not fit. Act 2 gets serious: understand why show was groundbreaking in 1992. To appreciate revival at all, one must watch as if it’s still 1992. In that context, it’s incredibly important work and again-well performed, just harder for present-day audiences to connect without a bit of time-travel

2.0 star rating Lucy from Charlotte, North Carolina

THIS SHOULD BE A PLAY- NOT A 2.5 HOUR MUSICAL

First I'll say- the cast was GREAT! Holding a stage for that long with such a small cast and band is no easy feat. Second, the story is wonderful. It is not often we see non-traditional families represented on stage. A blended family, a Gay couple, a Lesbian couple, an interracial couple, and 5 Jews to boot! -How often do you see something like that in Charlotte? Now for the cons. Holy Cow the music is bad. There are no melodies. The actors are basically talking along with staccato guitar plucks. Far too many words and forced rhymes stuffed into quick 'musical' numbers. The show lacked the dancing, the musical swells, and the ear worms that make us love musical theater. Had this story been told in a play, I think it would have done well. As it stands, it's poorly executed attempt at being a musical led to many of the audience members to leave at intermission and my date to fall asleep.

1.0 star rating Yvonne Bee from Vacaville, California

WORST EVER

So disappointing! As season ticket holders, we've enjoyed every play we've attended so we were shocked- this was just plain awful. Horrible music, ridiculous plot, and the acting was all over the map. Walked out at intermission but wish we'd left before that. A truly disappointing bore.

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