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Fun Home and the Gift of Being Out

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

The Tony Award-winning musical, Fun Home, begins and ends with a child, Alison, demanding that her father play "airplane" with her. In between those bookending moments we see Alison grow up, come out as a lesbian, and take flight as a lover, while her father sinks into the closet as a gay man.

This Comic Book Is The Geeky, Feminist Answer To Bad Dating Advice

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts

"I think there are always such silly ideas out there of women being mysterious creatures when it's usually quite the opposite,” comic book ...

There Is No Theatre Without the Writers

Freddie Gershon | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
Freddie Gershon

It was particularly disheartening to witness the absence of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron as the historically significant first all-female team to break through and write the Tony winner for Best Musical: the adventuresome, dazzling Fun Home, based on Allison Bechtel's book based on her life.

Thoughts on the Tony Awards Broadcast, Ruthie Ann Miles, Curious Incident & More

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It's approximately 24 hours since the Tony Awards ended -- and, while most of the community is at a Bombshell party, I feel like it's about time to reflect on the night that was.

The Theater Community Parties Post-Tonys: The Carlyle

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.09.2015 | New York
Cara Joy David

After the telecast (discussed in my post here), Broadway is all about the after-parties. There is the official Tony Gala at the Plaza. Then each show or each lead producer usually hosts their own party.

First Nighter: The Tonys as Experienced in the Press Room

David Finkle | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

I notice this is a surprisingly short account of the year's Tony Awards as scoped from the press room. I can only suggest it's an indication of the excitement the event didn't create from start to finish.

The Tonys, 'Fun Home' and Kids

Barry Singer | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

This year, however, two things intrigue me: My kids' first-time stake in the proceedings, and Fun Home. Lea and Sara have seen a lot of Broadway theater this season. As a result, they feel personally invested in their Tony connection to You Can't Take It With You, On the Town, An American in Paris, Something Rotten!, The King and I. Each show is real to them.

Anticipating the Tony Awards, With Alan Cumming at the Café Carlyle, the Astaire Awards, and Stars in the Alley

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Facing a crowd that included his mother and brother as well as Tony Danza, next up for a run at the Café Carlyle, Alan Cumming reminded everyone that he would be hosting the Tony Awards with Kristen Chenoweth on Sunday night, admitting that he was "freaking out."

Why 'Fun Home' Speaks To Me

Joel Grey | Posted 06.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Joel Grey

Like Alison's father, I grew up in a time when being openly gay was totally unacceptable and truly dangerous. Both of us got married and raised children. But unlike the father in the play, after the end of my marriage, I revealed my true self to my friends and family, finding only love.

5 Reasons Why You Have to See 'Fun Home'

Liz Feldman | Posted 06.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Feldman

Fun Home tells the story of Alison, a young girl growing up in a funeral home with a closeted father. The musical is based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel and it weaves her coming out and coming of age story with her father's own tragic struggle towards self-realization.

Lies My Father Never Told Me

Michael Cerveris | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Michael Cerveris

For much of the past two years, I have been wearing someone else's hair and pretending to be someone else's father. When you find yourself often playing the odd, the weird, the outsiders, you discover the additional advantage that age is a much more malleable thing.

The Fabulous Broadway Season That Was

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

If you ask me, On The Town, which is currently slightly trailing both other contenders in my Tony polling, deserves the win. I, like most, was worried when the show was announced for that barn of a theater, but director John Rando proved the doubters wrong.

'Fun Home' - A Layered Perspective

Anita Lo | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Anita Lo

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a preview of Fun Home in its new home on Broadway. As I left the theatre, I was struck by how the layering of different perspectives on top of one another make for a more complex, more satisfying final product.

Religious Freedom and Other Myths: The Trauma of Current Debate

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Helen Eisenbach

The virulence with which hateful proclamations -- on all matters of identity -- continue to be publicly aired has a lasting effect, on me, on you, on everyone I know.

'Fun Home': Seeing the Beauty in the Butch

Cathy Renna | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Cathy Renna

For decades I have been an avid fan of Alison Bechdel's work. What lesbian wasn't? In a world where our stories were so rarely told in an authentic manner, Alison's world and the characters she brought to life gave us a way to feel validated in a way that media representations never did.

The Fun House

Elizabeth A. Povinelli | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth A. Povinelli

In Fun Home, what opened so perilously between my grandparents and me opens again between those standing across the same mortuary table or pressing their bodies against each other in the same narrow dorm bed.

The Tony Nominations: Reflections A Week Later

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

As a fever ate away at my remaining brain cells last week, I was bombarded with questions about the Tony nominations. I answer two main questions below.

On the Culture Front: Airline Highway, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, Holiday Cocktail Lounge, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.05.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Broadway to many means big dance numbers and actors hurtling outsized emotions into the rafters. While there are certainly plenty of tiresome revivals and knockoffs alike that make an all too vivid case for this, there are also bold producers remaking the landscape of commercial theater with subversive, challenging and deeply moving musicals and plays.

On the Couch with the Keenan-Bolgers: FUN HOME

Celia Keenan-Bolger | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Celia Keenan-Bolger

FUN HOME was one of those rare theatrical experiences that resonated with us so deeply that we couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks after leaving the theater. Rather than break our phones group-texting each other, we decided to sit down and talk about the show.

Your Tony Picks: Who Will Win It All on Broadway's Biggest Night?

Culturalist | Posted 05.02.2015 | Entertainment
Culturalist

Make your list now! Culturalist.com is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. Want to jo...

A Trip To 'Fun Home'

Andrew Rannells | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Rannells

As soon as Fun Home began, I knew this was something incredible. Anyone who has ever looked back at their life, specifically their childhood, with a closer eye and an open heart, will cringe and laugh and cry at this story.

Fun Home: This Dynamic Family

Danny Groner | Posted 06.23.2015 | New York
Danny Groner

If you're looking for emotional and original storytelling, rich music, incredible and intricate stage production, top-notch acting from both veteran and young actors, Fun Home is the play to see. How, you may ask, does one musical pull off so much? By making it look easy and effortless.

Aisle View: Come to the Fun Home

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Seekers of provocative, invigorating and entertaining theatre--musical or dramatic--will find it at Circle in the Square. To those who think that Fun Home doesn't sound like their sort of entertainment: this is musical theatre at its best, so go anyway. You're likely to be surprised, and thrilled, and enthralled.

DOMA Pioneer Hits Broadway For 'Fun Home'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices

Marriage equality pioneer Edie Windsor hit Broadway this week for a performance of the new musical "Fun Home." Written by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Te...

Curtis M. Wong

Broadway Gets Its First Lesbian Protagonist In 'Fun Home'

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.23.2015 | Gay Voices

Although recent years have seen a wealth of gay content on the New York stage, “Fun Home” breaks fresh ground as the first Broadway musical to fea...