Theatre Review: “Fun Home” Is A Good Night Of Theatre That Will Have You Walking Away Full Of Emotions

“While this musical is devoid of the characteristic showstopper numbers that contemporary American musicals favor, there are some fantastic pieces”
Photo by Joan Marcus


 

“Fun Home” introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways.

“Fun Home” is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. The story concerns Bechdel’s discovery of her own sexuality, her relationship with her gay father, and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life.

This musical was well done and had some classic numbers that stick with you well beyond the closing number such as Changing my major to sex with Joan. The way the age progression of Allison being played by three different actresses was methodically planned out that the time lapses felt organic and the story was never difficult to follow.

While this musical is devoid of the characteristic showstopper numbers that contemporary American musicals favor, there are some fantastic pieces. The standout of the night was easily the three children singing “Fun Home” to a cheering crowd.

Overall, fun home is a good piece of theatre that should not be missed.

Performing at the Dallas Winspear Opera House Sep. 13 – Sep. 24

Ally Harrison

Ally is a Dallas native and art lover that has been active in the theatre and opera scene for over fifteen years. She is currently studying arts and performance with a concentration of theatre at the University of Texas at Dallas and does small productions throughout the year in the local drama community. She started performing at age 8 and has travelled all over the globe performing for presidents, ambassadors, and royalty. Now, she enjoys a more quiet life with her fiancé and cat and hopes to transition her skills into teaching high school theatre.

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