Falsettos is about a man (Marvin) who divorced his wife to be with his boyfriend(Whizzer). Marvin's therapist falls in love with the wife (Trina) who is having a breakdown of her own over the failure of her perfect marriage.
Their son (Jason) is terrified he’ll be gay, too, because of his father and then there is the lover. “Do you love him? He’s evil.” Yeah, that’s a great thing to say about your lover. Apparently, he just decided to break up the marriage because that’s what he does. The husband finds out and tosses the lover out then storms into his former house, furious that his ex-wife has had the audacity to remarry – not for love, but because she needs someone to cook for. The first act was 28 songs long. The second act was 18. All done in never-ending rondeaus.
The second act starts with Whizzer getting sick... this is based in 1981, so guess what he has... along with Marvin. Yeah, the second act is about dying, dying and bar mitzvahs.
Nearly half the audience left at intermission, according to our friends who stayed and gritted their teeth through the second act. By the time the first act was one, so was I. It wasn’t so much from discomfort from my back or knees, but just the terrible theatre. The set was a bunch of boxes that were assembled and reassembled throughout the entire act. It was fun at first, but a bit wearing after the first five songs. Some people didn’t even wait, they just left in the middle of the act. I wanted to stay to see if it got better, but it didn't.
Now I am sure there are some people who think the show is brilliant and cutting edge... me, not so much
I can't believe this won seven Tony awards.