And your keys OOOHHohhhohh your ring of KEYS!
Finally got to see Fun Home from the SpeakEasy Stage Company at the very awesome Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. I had meant to see it last year in Boston, but it sold out! Very glad it came around again, just in time for pride month.
Fun Home is a musical based on the 2006 graphic memoir of the same name — probably one of the most formative books in my life. It’s the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist, Alison Bechdel, who authored the book as well as other awesomeness like the Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip. The musical follows three timelines - young Alison, college-aged Alison, and adult Alison.
Aisha and I sat in the very front row of a surprisingly small, intimate black box theatre, audience on three sides, a live orchestra on the fourth wall. We were practically part of the performance, moving our knees back once or twice as the actors sang and danced and moved furniture pieces and rugs right in front of us.
In short: the musical was fantastic. Super emotional, funny, original, all of it. The kids — young Alison and her two brothers — were especially awesome. My favorite songs were “Telephone Wire” and of course “Changing My Major.” I hope it comes back to Boston again so even more people can see it.