“Fun Home” Review

November 2017 (Volume 68, Issue 2)

By Emma Patz, Entertainment Editor

From October 17th to October 29th, the Tony-award winning musical, “Fun Home”, was playing at the Boston Opera House, narrated by Alison Bechdel. Bechdel always knew that she was different than other girls, but it is not until college that she realizes she is lesbian, only to find out that her father is a closeted gay, also struggling with his sexuality. After his death (which she suspects was a suicide), she reflects on their complicated relationship.

Dubbed ‘depressing’ by the masses, I was shocked to find myself laughing throughout the show, as it was filled with numerous quirky one-liners, and comedic beats. Intertwined with metaphors, the music may not have been extremely catchy, or memorable, but proved an essential tool to portray the story, and parallels within the plot, that will leave you thinking long after you leave the theater. “Fun Home” started with a bang, but ended on an enormous emotional note, bringing the entire audience on their feet immediately- partly due to the riveting performances of the cast. If you want to laugh and cry within the span of 100 minutes, go see “Fun Home” the next time it comes to Boston.

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