Fun Home is modern musical theatre at its best.
The musical won 5 Tony awards, and deserved them.
On the day I saw it, the three versions of Alison Bechdel were played wonderfully by three terrifically-voiced actors.
Brooke Haynes was excellent as the young Alison. Her loathing of her barrette and party shoes foreshadowed her college coming-out awkwardness cleverly, and her performance of “Ring of Keys” was outstanding. Eleanor Kane was a brilliantly clumsy teenage Alison, and the always-onstage adult Alison was played with wonderful nuance by Kaisa Hammarlund.
The other actors were all excellent, but the three Alison’s were the standout performers for me.
The second central story of Alison’s father wasn’t glossed over, but I feel that perhaps her mother deserved a little more sympathy. Her brothers also disappeared after the school-age phase (but an hour and forty minutes isn’t long enough for all the detail I wanted).
I was moved to tears by the end of the show, and glancing around the sell-out auditorium, I could see I wasn’t alone in that.
I absolutely loved this show.