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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.



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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…

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Added by Jada ShaNel Gardner on December 16, 2016 at 12:17am — 1 Comment

Fun to watch but definitely not a home

Originally a graphic novel, Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” tells the specific story of a dysfunctional family, but explores more common themes of family, communication, and sexuality. “Fun Home” is the story of a broken home with a focus on the daughter of a funeral home director, Alison and her development as she matures and finds her sexuality. As revealed early in the musical, her married father struggles with his sexuality as he cheats on his wife having multiple…

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Added by Leo Driessen on December 16, 2016 at 12:05am — 1 Comment

Fun Home

Intense, creative, and engaging are only a couple words to describe how amazing this show Fun Home was. It was extraordinary to see how the cast took such a taboo topic and turned it into something so funny and light. Even though the overall story was sad, the way they portrayed that wasn’t how I expected. The story takes place in a normal, or what seems to be normal, home. Allison, who is played by Kate Shindle as an adult, grows up and realizes some important things about…

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Added by Anisha Sharma on December 16, 2016 at 12:01am — 2 Comments

Welcome To Our House On Maple Avenue

Fun Home Review

Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue! Fun Home, a touching musical off of the graphic novel written by Alison Bechdel did not disappoint its raging reviews. Fun Home won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, and there's a reason why. It was sad, funny, and full of talent. I was sitting at the edge of my seat throughout the musical numbers waiting for what was next. This show running an hour and 45 minutes…

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Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on December 16, 2016 at 12:01am — 1 Comment

Come To The Fun Home!

Rachael Bernstein

Come to the Fun Home!

Fun Home is an absolute must see show and I predict it will be one of the best of the 2016-17 season! The show is a winner of five Tony awards including the 2015 best musical.  Fun Home is based on the graphic autobiography by Alison Bechdel.  The musical is narrated by adult Alison (Kate Schindle) and moves throughout her childhood and college years. Fun home takes the audience through Alison’s reflection of her childhood, her…

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Added by Rachael Bernstein on December 16, 2016 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Caption: Riveting and Necessary

Fun Home, the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed graphic-novel-turned-musical, is on its first national tour, and Minneapolis is fortunate enough to be one of its stops. From December 13th--18th, the Orpheum will host Lisa Kron’s adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s cartoon memoir. Fun Home is a reflection of Bechdel’s youth, portrayed through two different versions of herself: Small Alison (Alessandra Baldacchino), who represents her…

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Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on December 15, 2016 at 11:54pm — 2 Comments

rearranging and realinging the face of musical theatre

The spectacular Tony- Award-Winning musical, Fun Home opened at the Orpheum to a packed house on Tuesday, December 13. In a lively display…

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Added by Clare Judge on December 15, 2016 at 11:45pm — 2 Comments

Fun Home

Imagine a night following another’s memories. Now imagine a night filled with laughter, seriousness, and sadness. Combine the two together and you get Fun Home. Fun Home is a graphic memoir, written by Alison Bechdel, which was adapted into a musical production. While Alison herself had no part in the creative processes of the production, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron were able to take all of the bitter, raw emotions packed into the book and transform them onto the stage. The musical won 5 Tony… Continue

Added by Maria Spack on December 15, 2016 at 11:38pm — 2 Comments

We Rearrange and Realign

 

When the Bechdel children tell you to “come to the fun home,” you’d better listen. Fun Home, based on the graphic-novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, tells the life and times of real-life cartoon artist Alison Bechdel. The musical, told from Bechdel’s perspective at three different ages, primarily focuses on the difficult relationship between Alison and her family, especially her…

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Added by Sabrina Merritt on December 15, 2016 at 11:29pm — 2 Comments

Behind the doors of a house on Maple Avenue

Fun home is truly a a modern show for the whole family. It has upbeat songs with choreographed dances and lights, as well as slow, serious moments, a beautiful contrast. Walking into the theater not knowing what it's about, you think it's a historical play about gay rights, with the Victorian-style furniture and the "Gay Union" sign. Once the play starts you see just how completely wrong you are. It's just a story about a girl, who happens to be a lesbian, and her family, mainly dad, who just… Continue

Added by Phina Smith on December 15, 2016 at 11:08pm — 2 Comments

Fun Home: Learning to Fly

Airplane: a quintessential childhood game. Being lifted up by a parent’s legs, them allowing you to fly while they are pushed to the floor. Holding on until you strike a perfect balance, spreading your arms so you can hover in midair, pretending you are flying. Not only does the game of airplane have a whole song dedicated to it in Fun Home, but it also is a reflection of the entire plot: a father lifting his daughter up to fly, while he is pinned to the floor, supporting her until he…

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Added by Delia Grimes on December 15, 2016 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

One Moment of Perfect Balance

Fun Home ends with Alison Bechdel proclaiming that just sometimes, there were moments of perfect balance in her life. Fun Home itself however, is a real moment of perfect balance of light and dark. Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, Fun Home is on its first nationwide tour. In 2015, Fun Home won five Tony awards, including one for Best Musical.…

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Added by Ella Padden on December 15, 2016 at 10:56pm — 2 Comments

A Home Outside of New York

Bright lights in big cities. A small town in Pennsylvania doesn’t have nearly as many bright lights as New York or Minneapolis, and yet it’s there that the story of Fun Home is set. Following Alison Bechdel, a lesbian cartoonist, in her journey of self-discovery along with battling familial drama during three major stages in her life, Fun Home’s complex characters and intimate storyline create a quirky drama sure to elicit emotional responses.

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Added by Giselle Durand on December 15, 2016 at 10:56pm — 2 Comments

Fun Home

Fun Home

            How do you know if it’s you or your family and friends who are right?  How do you separate myth from truth?  You have your opinions and others have theirs.  How you make your own decisions is from experience.  You do what you think is right and let others believe what they will.  But what if your beliefs separate you from your family and friends who think differently?  You know there will be consequences. 

            The Tony Award-winning…

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Added by Ruby Schroeder on December 15, 2016 at 10:52pm — 1 Comment

It Might Still Break a Heart or Two

Typically, a night at the theater entails a night full of song, dance, and laughter with the slightest touch of sadness to make your heart clench, before everything is put back together and the protagonist live happily ever after. Fun Home, directed by Sam Gold proves that there are some stories that just don’t end with a happily ever after. The show follows the true story of Alison Bechdel, a lesbian cartoonist and her intricate relationship with her father Bruce, who unknowingly to Alison,…

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Added by Kayli Schneider on December 15, 2016 at 10:44pm — 1 Comment

Fun Home and the Set That Stole the Show

Megan Weber

Fun Home

Fun Home and the Set That Stole the Show

On Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of seeing Fun Home at the Orpheum. The play follows Alison (Kate Schindle) looking back at her life. She looks at three major key points in her life: her childhood, her…

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Added by Megan Weber on December 15, 2016 at 10:12pm — 1 Comment

Fun Home, Runtime; 100 Minutes of Intense Storytelling

      This gripping and emotionally draining show is hopefully a leader of a new and groundbreaking inclusive Broadway. The tale is about, by, and perhaps even for a youthful lesbian audience. Hilarity sweeps the Orpheum theater as the teenage Allison discovers her flaming sexual desires.

      The audience is guided through a fun, yet serious story of Allison’s relationship with her father by the adult author Allison. The set, music, child stars, and dancing all lent themselves…

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Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on December 15, 2016 at 9:35pm — 4 Comments

Fun Home- A Stellar Performance

Fun Home was fantastic, from the well-written storyline to the technical aspects, this show was great. The show follows the story of Alison Bechdel as a lesbian cartoonist and her struggling relationship with her father. The show is adapted from Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name.

The production has received a lot of recognition after winning 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Walking into the performance, I had already listened to the soundtrack and knew the story…

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Added by Madi Nelson on December 15, 2016 at 9:21pm — 2 Comments

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