John Paul King

Non-Registered Critics

It's a grueling journey we're asked to go on with these people, though. While each have their endearing traits, it's sometimes hard to care enough about them to want to see them all the way through. Finn's clever, funny and biting score fills the show with superlative moments that go a long way toward earning the emotional power of its climax, though it might be argued that once it comes, it pushes a little too far into “tearjerker” territory, but that's a matter of taste.

It's the historical perspective, though, that makes this “Falsettos” resonate more deeply than expected.