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Theatre Raleigh’s Fun Home Is Moving, Profound, and Incredibly Intimate

Fun Home is a deeply personal, moving musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir and adapted for the stage by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori. Thus, it’s only fitting that Theatre Raleigh, in its new, intimate space, would be the first to stage a local production. And, while this musical is profoundly affecting regardless of… Read More ›

JTP’s Caroline, or Change Is a Lyrical Trip Through Its Characters’ Hearts and Souls

OBIE, Lucille Lortel, Theatre World, Tony®, and Drama Desk award-winning musical Caroline, or Change just might be The Justice Theater Project’s most ambitious production yet. With a soaring score that is almost entirely through-sung, Caroline is more opera than standard musical. Weaving together the musical styles of rhythm and blues, old spirituals, classical music, and… Read More ›

The Fun Home cast includes (from left) Lennon Nate Hammond as John, Pierson Salvador as Christian, Karen Eilbacher as Joan, Abby Corrigan as Middle Alison, Kate Shindle as Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, Susan Moniz as Helen, Alessandra Baldacchino as Small Alison, and Robert Hager as Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby Jeremy (photo by Joan Marcus)

Abby Corrigan and a Superb Cast Make Fun Home a Stellar Show, with Crisp Music and a Terrific Set

The Durham Performing Arts Center’s presentation of Fun Home might be subtitled “How a Lesbian Cartoonist Revisits Her Youth in Order to Understand Herself, Her Childhood, and Her Conflicted (and Closeted) Father.” But don’t worry. We haven’t even given you any spoilers, because this is the setup from the start of the show. And what… Read More ›

Robert Petkoff and Kate Shindle star as Bruce and Alison Bechdel (photo by Joan Marcus)

Fun Home at DPAC Is a Complex and Deeply Moving Coming-of-Age Story

Right now, lighthearted musicals and theatrical adaptations of classic films are en vogue. As such, it is becoming more and more rare to see theatre that truly and unabashedly tackles the tougher stuff that life is made of, but Lisa Kron’s Fun Home, onstage now at DPAC and adapted from Alison Bechdel’s powerful graphic novel,… Read More ›

Robert Petkoff and Kate Shindle star as Bruce and Alison Bechdel (photo by Joan Marcus)

2015 Best Musical Tony® Winner Fun Home Is Drawn from Life: Cartoonist and Graphic Novelist Alison Bechdel’s Life

2015 Best Musical Tony Award® winner Fun Home, which opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Durham Performing Arts Center and runs through Sunday, is Drawn from Life: Beech Creek, PA-born lesbian cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s life growing up in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, with a father who was a third-generation mortician, taught high-school… Read More ›