Colorado Springs Independent

Fun Home makes regional premiere at Fine Arts Center

Alissa Smith Mar 28, 2018 1:00 AM
Alex Niforatos
Fun Home, 7:30 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 22, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., tickets start at $20,
Lesbian icon Alison Bechdel, initially famous for her ‘80s-’00s comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, released Fun Home in 2006, a graphic novel memoir that explores her relationship to her father and the revelations of her young life. The graphic novel pushed the boundaries of its genres, but its 2013 stage adaptation would prove groundbreaking in its own way. When Fun Home, the musical, premiered on Broadway in 2015, it was the first Broadway musical to feature a lesbian protagonist, and it opened to an incredible reception. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards (with five wins to its name, including Best Musical), Fun Home successfully translates the power of the graphic novel to the stage, with some beautiful and heartfelt songs interwoven into the story. A funeral director in Pennsylvania, Bruce Bechdel was a complex, closeted man whose suppressed sexuality affected every facet of his life. In exploring his life, death and the complicated dynamics of the Bechdel family, Alison Bechdel weaves an incredible tale of self-discovery that widens the story’s appeal beyond those who have struggled with questions of sexuality. At its core, Fun Home is about coming of age, identity and forming relationships — or reforming relationships through memory. This production by the Fine Arts Center marks Fun Home’s regional premiere, and speaks to the FAC’s diverse and inclusive mainstage lineup.