First Nighter: The Lisa Kron-Jeanine Tesori "Fun Home" May Not Be Non-Stop Fun But It Damn Well Hits Home
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Musicals have dealt with incarceration (Kiss of the Spider Woman), hanging (Parade) and murder (Sweeney Todd, Bonnie and Clyde, Chicago, Sunset Boulevard, Murder Ballad, Murder for Two) but only now does it get around to suicide, where the bold and wrenching Lisa Kron-Jeanine Tesori musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home is playing--if "playing" is the appropriate word--at the Public.
Oh, wait. There's always Les Miserables, but that suicide is welcome.
Bechdel's quest in her illustrated work is hardly a simple one and infinitely more disturbing. Introducing her cartoonist 43-year-old self (Beth Malone), she's compelled to look back at her Small Alison (Sydney Lucas) and college-age Medium Alison (Alexandra Socha) as, at all three ages, she tries to understand--and is never quite able to--her deeply troubled father, Bruce (Michael Cerveris).
In order to get a handle on aspects of her own lesbian identity, she's unrelievedly attemptin
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