FUN HOME

Published : 12:02 am  April 7, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (347) reads | 

Not your typical Broadway musical

Untitled-19Life-1-7In an industry tentatively embarking on making progressive strides, Fun Home broke fresh ground as the first Broadway musical to feature a lesbian protagonist. Comprising an intriguing storyline with non linear vignettes connected by narration, music that’s easy on the ears and chronicling very real coming-of-age themes, it’s no surprise that the musical continues to bag awards and win over audiences. Thankfully for theatre enthusiasts in Sri Lanka, Stage Light & Magic Inc., having acquired exclusive rights to the musical, will bring Fun Home to local audiences, with local talent at the helm in the month of May.


Alison Bechdel, whose graphic novel was adapted into the play by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, needs no introduction. The Bechdel Test, a metric commonly used among movie critics and moviegoers, was, after all, inspired by her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For”. In it, she presented three questions that posed as a feminist litmus test, if you will. 1 – Does the movie contain two or more (named) female characters? 2 – Do those characters talk to each other? 3 – If so, do they discuss something other than a man? Bechdel test aside, Alison is also a prominent thought leader in the lesbian community and has also appeared in the Simpsons. While her comic strips have gained in popularity, it was her graphic memoir “Fun Home” that brought her critical and commercial success. It ranked in the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction bestseller list, before being adapted into the musical that went on to win several Tony Awards. The autobiographical tragicomic conveys a complex, multifaceted message about family relationships, specifically chronicling Alison’s strained relationship with her closeted gay father, who commits suicide after a spate of affairs with younger men.


Directed by Sashane Perera, with music direction by Johann Pieris, Fun Home will certainly win over its adult audiences with its refreshingly honest take on Alison’s story, the songs (accompanied by a live band) and the impressive local cast.

 

The autobiographical tragicomic conveys a complex, multifaceted message about family relationships, specifically chronicling Alison’s strained relationship with her closeted gay father

 

 

When: 3-7 May 
Where: Lionel Wendt