BWW Review: FUN HOME at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam: Tragically Beautiful Story, A Wonderful Start Of PRIDE Amsterdam!
Fun home is a musical based on the autobiographical graphic novel of Alison Bechdel. This show is part of the cultural program of Pride Amsterdam 2019.
Fun Home tells the story of Alison, who struggles with her complicated relationship with her (late) father. In flashbacks, the adult Alison remembers all kinds of encounters with not only her father and mother, she also looks back on her own journey through adolescence. Allison is coming out gay, and discovers why she didn't get the understanding reaction she was hoping for, from her father in particular.
Ad Knippels as Alison's father is playing the role of his lifetime. Charming, yet frustrated, his portrayal of his lonely struggle is tragically beautiful.
Renée van Wegberg's transformation to the adult Alison is incomparable. She smoothly guides us through her story, as a narrator through her own memories. Very smart way of storytelling.
Dominique de Bont as the teenage Alison is one to watch out for. If I could award a Breakthrough Performance, it would for sure go to her. Natural acting, very moving, gorgeous vocals.
Director Koen Van Dijk and the talented cast have created an intelligent and moving musical, the musical songs are beyond pretty, performed by a live band. The decor is simple, yet effective.
If you want to see a dramatic and beautiful small musical, go see Fun Home. An welcome musical interruption during the Pride's festivities.
For more info: www.funhome.nl
Photo credits by Neeltje Knaap