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December 2016 Blog Posts (89)

(Wel)Come to the Fun Home!

Fun Home, running December 13 through the 18 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, was as much sweet, upbeat, and inspirational as it was heavy, touching, and saddening. Alison Bechdel’s story is too important not to be interpreted correctly, and with few exceptions, director Sam Gold did an excellent job of bring Alison’s story to the stage and inspiring the audience.

Throughout the story, Alison Bechdel, excellently portrayed by Kate Shindle,…


Added by Grace Whiting on December 27, 2016 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

A surprisingly fun musical to watch

      Though Fun Home, a musical performed at the Orpheum theatre December 13th through the 18th, was a musical about some hard hitting topics it maintained a delightful mix of lightheartedness and meaning full qualities throughout the musical. I honestly did not have many judgments throughout the show because halfway through I just sat back and enjoyed it. It is a musical that anyone can take a lesson from, but is especially meaningful for people in the lbgtq community. I think Fun Home was…


Added by Meghan Katers on December 27, 2016 at 12:51am — 1 Comment

A Christmas Carol (Makeup Review for Fun Home)

Amongst all the parties and gift-giving, it becomes shockingly easy to forget what Christmas is truly about -- being loving, kind, and charitable toward our fellow man. Seeing a show like A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater is a good way to remind us what is so special about this holiday. The well-known tale tells the story of a greedy old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future in order to…


Added by Claire Karges on December 22, 2016 at 9:29pm — No Comments

The Hamilton Revolution

Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is deserving of all the hype and then some. Bursting upon the Broadway scene August 2015, Hamilton was nominated for an astounding 16 Tony awards, winning 11, and is now playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York and the Private Bank Theatre in Chicago where I had the pleasure of attending a performance on Saturday, December 10th. It is the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, told through modern music styles,…


Added by Anika Besst on December 19, 2016 at 10:48pm — No Comments

True Art in Fun Home

George Mulder

Fun Home

True Art in Fun Home

Life is one big puzzle. In Fun Home, Alison is trying to fit the pieces together, just like all of us. Adapted from the graphic novel written by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis through December 18. Based off a true story, it follows the life of Alison at three different ages. The “Small Alison” is around 10 years old, and struggles to find a…


Added by George Mulder on December 18, 2016 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

Fun Home!

I am not a big reader of graphic novels. However, Fun Home the musical, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, made me want to go read some. If the graphic novel is even half as moving and entertaining as the show it would be an incredible book. The story unfolds as Alison Blechdel (played by Kate Shindle) creates her graphic novel, and captions her drawings of her childhood and years in college with lines that can be witty or striking. Fun Home was so impressive that I am not surprised… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on December 17, 2016 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

Come to the Fun Home

Fun Home was the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015, with its compelling story, unique score, and outstanding performances. The show is centered around Alison in her forties, writing a graphic novel about her childhood, when she is discovering that she is gay, all leading up to when her father steps out in front of an oncoming truck. As the adult Alison watches her childhood play out, she…


Added by Devyn Terry on December 16, 2016 at 10:44pm — 1 Comment

Fun Home is a Fun Show

Most musicals can be classified into three sections: The shows you don’t want to see, the show’s you’ve seen once but wouldn’t want to see again, and the shows you’ve seen and would happily go back and see it again and again. Fun Home definitely is a show that falls into the third category. The acting, set, and story are all spectacular and make up this wonderful and amazing show. The show was adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori in 2006 from a…


Added by Calvin mattson on December 16, 2016 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

Know Your Audience for Sure Success

Edina High School Thespians put together a truly fun staging of "25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee" on Friday November 4, 2016. It is always a pleasure when, because you know your audience, both actors and spectators are quick to read each others shorthand and interactively enjoy the performance. The story of quirky young people involved in a spelling bee competition, facing adversity in their social and private…


Added by Gabriela Leovan on December 16, 2016 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Come to the Fun Home!

The Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, made me laugh, cry, smile, and in the end, stand up and cheer. The story of Alison and her father Bruce's relationship along with their own realizations and sexualities went from a graphic novel to an award-winning musical. The musical numbers were both dazzling and moving. Caption: Don't miss this show!

Alison's story, played by Alessandra Baldacchino, Abby Corrigan, and Kate Shindle, was emotional and made me laugh. Middle-aged Alison, played by… Continue

Added by Olivia Haan on December 16, 2016 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Fun Home

Usually I am someone who waits until the audience in front of me has gotten up to stand, laziness taking over my politeness. At the end of Fun Home I burst out of my seat for a standing ovation. My friend sitting next to me murmured “that was so good” and as I was stooping to grab my jacket to enter the slow traffic of leaving the theater I heard excited conversation all around me reiterating my friends statemeant. I would fully reccomend to see this…


Added by Zoe Redfern-Hall on December 16, 2016 at 9:11am — 2 Comments

Come to Fun Home!

If only there was a movie, too! Fun Home, the Tony Award-winning musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel/memoir of the same name, is a deeply emotional show centered around Alison’s discovery that she is a lesbian, amidst her own grief after her father’s suicide- which partially coincided with her coming out. This story, set in three separate times in Alison’s life (childhood, teenage, middle-age) displayed Alison’s growth alongside her father’s dissolution with perfectly balanced humor… Continue

Added by R. Grace Carey on December 16, 2016 at 8:27am — 2 Comments

Fun Home: A Learning Experience

Opening night of Fun Home at the Orpheum consisted of soaring nights and high flying emotions. Fun Home is based on the true story of Alison Bechdel, a gay comic artist. The musical revolves around Allison’s father’s (Robert Petkoff) life and death and the way Allison copes with it. Fun Home features three actresses playing Bechdel at three different ages: child (Alessandra Baldacchino), teenager (Abby Corrigan), and adult (Kate Shindle). While the book and music are written incredibly, this… Continue

Added by Talia Wendlandt on December 16, 2016 at 7:26am — 2 Comments

Caption: Wow.

I suppose it’s not surprising that a show centered around a family that bitterly refers to their house as a museum while ironically referring to their funeral parlour as the “Fun Home” would leave the audience with their mascara smudged from tears of laughter and sorrow. Fun Home, playing at the Orpheum Theatre December 13-18, is told from the point of view of Alison Bechdel (Kate…


Added by Elizabeth Donovan on December 16, 2016 at 2:25am — 2 Comments

Fun Home is definitely Fun

          You know that if you walk into a theatre, and see the words “Gay Union” on a door, It going to be amazing. LGBT+ people are not exactly the most well represented in the media (to say the least.) The 2015 Tony judges had a different idea when they gave Fun Home the award for best musical. Based off of a graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel ( the main character played by four different actors.) This flamboyant, poignant show that is full of significant…


Added by Avery Ronning on December 16, 2016 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Hope and Love Found in a Fun Home

Many theatrical experiences help you leave the struggles of real life outside, but the spectacular production of Fun Home is a heartwarming portrayal of real events. Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, this musical tells Bechdel’s story as a woman recovering her memories of her relationship with her father and the discovering of her sexuality. Throughout the performance, the audience is brought on the rollercoaster of her life and leaves you with hope and pondering…


Added by Sam Irvin on December 16, 2016 at 12:51am — 2 Comments

Soars Above the Rest


         Lives are made of a series of memories; both good and bad they answer life’s many questions. Fun Home, at the Orpheum December 13-18th, is based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel (played by Kate Shindle). The production focuses on Bechdel growing up and discovering she’s a lesbian and her complicated relationship with her gay father. She is creating her memoir and her story is told…


Added by Anika Besst on December 16, 2016 at 12:48am — 2 Comments

The Only Fun Funeral Home

I do not associate funeral homes with fun. I also wouldn't expect a show to be titled "Fun Home" and have dark elements. Funeral homes associated with death, a topic that heavily contrasts with the word "fun". The 2016 production at the Orpheum made the unexpected work. Through humor and impeccable acting and voice, "Fun Home" took the challenging topic of the fluidity of sexuality and the tragic subject of suicide and made it an incredibly entertaining performance.

The "Fun" Home is… Continue

Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on December 16, 2016 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Fun, Happy, Sad, and In-Between Home

Fun Home tells the story of Alison Bechdel (Kate Shindle, Alessandra Baldacchino, and Abby Corrigan) as she looks back on her childhood and college years. Alison chronicles her sexual orientation, her relationship with her father, her father's struggles with his own sexual orientation, and his eventual suicide all in a masterfully written and scored way. What I liked most about the play was the feeling and emotion portrayed in the music. Whether it was sadness, joy, or a depressing, hilarious,… Continue

Added by Nick Ericksen on December 16, 2016 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Fun Show

“Days and days and days…” that’s how long I was looking forward to seeing the Tony award-winning musical Fun Home when it came to town. A moving story based on a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home explores the flashbacks of a lesbian woman, named Alison, who is reminiscing about her youth- specifically her history with exploring her sexuality, as well as her relationship with her father, a gay man who spent his…


Added by Jada ShaNel Gardner on December 16, 2016 at 12:17am — 2 Comments

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