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Musical is written by William Finn and James Lapine.

__ Act I: March of the Falsettos __

It is 1979 in New York City, and Marvin, his son Jason, his psychiatrist Mendel and his male lover Whizzer are "Four Jews In A Room Bitching". Marvin steps forward to explain his situation: He has left his wife, Trina, for Whizzer, but Marvin wants "A Tight-Knit Family" and is attempting to forge a new family situation with the addition of Whizzer, a situation no one is happy with.

Trina, on Marvin’s recommendation, pays a visit to Mendel where she wearily wonders how her life has turned out this way. Mendel, instantly attracted to her, tries to console her, telling her that "Love is Blind". Meanwhile, Marvin and Whizzer comment on their relationship. They have very little in common, apart from the fact that they both love fighting and are insanely attracted to each other. Both worry that "The Thrill of First Love" is wearing off.

The cast presents an interlude: "Marvin at the Psychiatrist, a Three-Part Mini-Opera." In part one, Mendel asks Marvin about his relationship with Whizzer and Marvin weighs the pros and cons of the relationship, ultimately concluding that he does love Whizzer. In part two, Mendel, obviously aroused, interrogates Marvin about his ex-wife's bedroom habits. In part three, Marvin and Jason provide counterpoint on their strained relationship.

Ten-year-old Jason is very worried that because "'My Father's a Homo'" he will turn out to be one too. His worries cause him to misbehave, and "Everyone tells Jason to see a Psychiatrist". Only on Whizzer's advice does Jason agree to see Mendel.

Marvin is trying to pigeon-hole Whizzer into the role of homemaker, and they fight. Meanwhile, Trina complains to Mendel how her role in the family is shrinking as Whizzer becomes increasingly prominent in Marvin and Jason's lives. All agree that "This Had Better Come To A Stop".

Despite her attempts to maintain a sense of normalcy, Trina's is spiraling out of control ("I'm Breaking Down"). Jason continues to misbehave and Trina phones Mendel frantically to "Please Come To Our House" for dinner and therapy. Mendel arrives and immediately charms Trina. He and Jason settle down for "Jason's Therapy". Jason frets about his future and Mendel, in a very round-about way, encourages him to relax and enjoy life. After several such dinners combined with psychiatric sessions, Jason asks Mendel what his intentions are towards Trina. Mendel makes "A Marriage Proposal". Though clumsy and neurotic, he's sincere and Trina accepts his offer. Marvin is furious that he is losing his "Tight-Knit Family (Reprise)" as well as his therapist.

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