Daryl H. Miller

Non-Registered Critics

The show itself, though, can be a challenge. It's a series of songs with no connecting dialogue, so the storytelling is elliptical. Your ears must be on high alert at all times. Add to that melodies that, in capturing the characters' neuroses, are often jumpy and frenetic. Plus: All these sharp-edged personalities put some people off.

I've seen “Falsettos” with friends who've laughed and sniffled through it and with others who've been restlessly, audibly frustrated. Either response is understandable.

But when the agitated melodies relax into lyricism — oh, my. The music and words reach deep inside and trigger all sorts of emotions.