Yesterday, the hubby and I drove to Hartford, CT (regular followers of my blog know this is a frequent trip for me/us, because it is where my best friend, Jim, and his husband, Ken, live.)
This past Christmas, I had bought Jeffrey tickets to see “Fun Home” at theBushnell Theater for the 8:00 showing last night. We got here in time for a short visit and freshening up before we headed to one of our favorite local restaurants, Salute. Once at the theater, a nice usher offered to get a picture of the 4 of us in front of the “Fun Home” sign:
Wikipedia describes the musical as follows:
“Fun Home, subtitled A Family Tragicomic, is a 2006 graphic memoir by the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. It chronicles the author’s childhood and youth in rural Pennsylvania, United States, focusing on her complex relationship with her father. The book addresses themes of sexual orientation, gender roles, suicide, emotional abuse, dysfunctional family life, and the role of literature in understanding oneself and one’s family
The show was phenomenal. The narrator is the adult “current” Alison, and she weaves the tale of her life and complex relationship with her father, through memories and musical numbers, played out through scenes of her younger self at home and her younger adult self at college.
There are difficult moments, for sure, but the emotional ride is worth it. A couple of the songs and many of the experiences really hit home, and I imagine would, also, for those who have struggled with their gender identity or sexuality, felt like a stranger in the roles fostered upon them, and who may have, as a child, recognized “something” in older gay people we may have seen or met, without really understanding what that was or that we were even meeting people like ourselves. As young Alison sang so succinctly as she saw her first atypical “butch” woman:
“I know you.”
I will definitely see this again, given the chance!