“Fun Home” is a wonderful comedy, music, and tragedy

Published online on October 19, 2018

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The Bechdel children (l to r: Jack Barrett, Lila Gold, and Billy Hutton) fantasize a commercial for their family-owned funeral home in “Fun Home,” presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley October 1-28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.  Photo credit: Kevin Berne

TheatreWorks new play “Fun Home” is well worth the trip to downtown Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. It tells the touching story of growth, happiness and heart break. Go, enjoy a unique experience of live theater.

This show was nominated for 12 Tony awards and won five. Based on Alison Bechdel”s graphic novel and memoir, it was turned into a memorable musical  by Jeanine Tesori with the book by Lisa Kron.

The play opens with 43-year-old  Alison, a lesbian cartoonist at her desk creating cartoons of memories from her child hood, trying to understand time gone by. Her characters come alive with her past visions of herself as an inquisitive eleven year  old looking for approval from her father and then as a  first year college student when she realizes  she is gay and finds her first love. and sings I am  “Changing My Major to Joan.” She sees her closeted, domineering father whose explosive temper keeps everyone at his command, he is an English teacher, who would rather decorate  houses and also is the town’s funeral director. Her frustrated mother  tries to keep everything normal as she can and her wild brothers romp around the funeral parlor they call the fun home while playing inside coffins while trying to support one another. All show a happiness on the outside while devastated on the inside.

“Fun Home” has a super solid cast that deliver the extraordinary music and lyrics to perfection.The story will want to make you laugh and cry sometime all at the same time.

The real star of the show is Robert Kelley’s sensitive  direction, his attention to detail which shows his panache and smoothness that shows his creative  capabilities. And Musical Director William Liberatore and his fine orchestra turn in their usual flawless performance. “Fun Home” offers a house full of fun that will let you see the world in new ways.


“Fun Home” presented by TheatreWorks

Running time: 95 minutes no intermission

Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro and Mercy Streets, Mountain View

Through October 28

Tickets: $40-$100

For show times and information call (650)463-1960  or visit www.theatreworks.org.

Camille Bounds

Camille Bounds

Theater Columnist at Gilroy Life
Camille Bounds is the theater columnist for the Morgan Hill Life and Gilroy LIfe newspapers. She has performed on Broadway and traveled around the world. She can be reached at: bounds17@gmail,com
Camille Bounds