Curtis from San Francisco, California
TERRIBLE, DULL, DATED
My wife and I left at intermission and it was a struggle to get that far. The acting was awful, the characters completely unlikeable. The script was dated and did not age well at all. The Falsettos Hymn made no sense within the context of the show. I’ve never walked out of a show before but I couldn’t wait to eject from this one.
Scott Johnson from San Francisco, California
I’m a huge fan of musical theater and regularly see plays and musicals. This is the first one I’ve seen that I could not wait for it to be over. A big chunk of the theater walked out during the show, but I held out hope that it would eventually get better. Sadly it just kept getting worse. The story was hard to follow and seemed very dated and unrelatable. The music was terrible and the singing was often off key and cringeworthy at times. The actors appear to be pretty seasoned, so I’m not sure what was going on. Maybe the material they were working with was just terrible to begin with? This show is a “revival” that probably should have stayed dead.
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.
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.
Liz from San Francisco, California
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.
Yvonne Bee from Vacaville, California
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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