Review Roundup: Public Theater's FUN HOME
The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) presents the world premiere of Fun Home, directed by Sam Gold. Featuring music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and based on Alison Bechdel book, Fun Home will run through Sunday, November 17.
The complete cast of Fun Home features Griffin Birney (Christian Bechdel), Michael Cerveris(Bruce Bechdel), Roberta Colindrez(Joan), Noah Hinsdale (John Bechdel), Judy Kuhn (Helen), Sydney Lucas(Small Alison), Beth Malone (Alison), Joel Perez (Roy), and Alexandra Socha (Medium Alison).
Let's see what the critics had to say...
Michael Dale, BroadwayWorld: So I hesitate to jump the gun and call Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori's (music) brave and adventurous new musical,Fun Home, groundbreaking, though I can't name another that deals in this kind of subject matter and successfully presents it in such a non-traditional form.
Ben Brantley, New York Times: "Children begin by loving their parents," Oscar Wilde wrote. "After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them." Every phase of that epigram seems to be taking place simultaneously in "Fun Home." But this show has room for forgiveness, too. It knows that in those endless enigmas we call family, judgments are never final, and love never fades altogether. Within such uncertainty, "Fun Home" finds a shining clarity that lights up the night.
Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg: The book and lyrics bring us into Alison's life much as the drawn images of Bechdel's book do. Tesori's music injects the show with spiritual leavening. It's closer in tone to her heartfelt Tony Kushner collaboration, "Caroline, or Change" than the genre-spanning "Violet," with its pastiche score. But the composer can still strut her comic stuff, as in a hilarious number when young Alison and her friends create a singing commercial for the funeral home. It's a reminder how full of life this house of death becomes, even in memory.