iOS app Android app

"Fun Home

Photographer Captures Private Moments Of LGBTQ Icons In Stunning Color

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.16.2017 | Queer Voices

Photographer Tom Atwood wanted to his new book to capture George Takei, John Waters, Meredith Baxter and a host of other LGBTQ newsmakers in a more in...

7 Banned Books That Will Always Have a Place on Our Shelves

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.04.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

By Off the Shelf Staff | Off the Shelf It's always surprising to us which books wind up on the banned books list each year. They might be banned for ...

A Day In The Life Of Emily Skeggs Of The Hit Show 'Fun Home'

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 09.06.2016 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

Emily Skeggs plays Medium Alison in the the Broadway musical Fun Home. The Tony-nominated actress shared with NewYork.com an epic 24 hours traveling t...

A Return to Tony Award Swag on Broadway?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.31.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It is the final week of summer in the theater world. After Labor Day the new season really begins to heat up. Of course I'm already thinking about, an...

See Tomorrow's Shows, Today

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.27.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I always say the best thing about having friends in the industry is the ability to go to private readings and workshops. I love seeing shows in develo...

Aisle View: Revisiting Small Mouth Sounds and Fun Home

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.13.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Zoë Winters, Max Baker, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Babak Tafti, Brad Heberlee, and Marcia DeBonis in Small Mouth Sounds Photo: Ben Arons One of the u...

Stars in the Alley Brings Broadway to People For Free

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.07.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

In 2001, back when I was fairly new to being a theater reporter, Clive Barnes reviewed Rosie O'Donnell in Seussical. I was shocked to read this senten...

10 Compelling Graphic Memoirs that Will Make You a Devoted Fan of the Genre

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.12.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

For years and years, I labored under the assumption that comic books were only read by nerdy guys with a childish penchant for superheroes. But after seeing Marjane Satrapi's harrowing and exuberant film, Persepolis, I was shocked to find that it was adapted from a graphic memoir.

Broadway's Secret Weapon

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 05.02.2016 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

You might not know Drew Hodges' name, but if you've enjoyed some form of popular culture in the past decade, you're living in a world he helped create.

Aisle View: A Thrilling New Musical

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.01.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Ben Platt (center) in Dear Evan Hansen. Photo: Matthew Murphy One is tempted to say, simply: Don't ask questions, just go see Dear Evan Hansen. Th...

The Untold Story of America's Wildest Theater Company

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 01.07.2017 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

I'd call Memories of the Revolution "invaluable" -- if only that word conveyed how exhilarating it is to read this new book, the inside story of the women's theater corps that infiltrated New York culture in the '80s, transforming it in ways that continue to resonate.

'Fun Home' Discusses Coming Out

Christian Lewis | Posted 12.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Christian Lewis

In more ways than one this is a very important musical for women, for feminism and for lesbians. This inspiring, nuanced and most importantly, autobiographical work helps to prove the legitimacy and skill of women in Broadway as well as spread awareness about lesbian experiences and narratives.

Aisle View: The 2015 Ten Best List

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.17.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

What more need be said? It is, yes, as good as you've heard. What a shame that the ticket situation will keep it out of the reach of the general theatergoing public for another year or three.

How a 'Pornographic' Lesbian Graphic Novel Ignited a Culture War at Duke

The Daily Dot | Posted 08.27.2016 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

A group of freshmen at Duke University is boycotting a critically acclaimed book assigned for summer reading because of its gay-themed content. The book in question is Alison Bechdel's illustrated memoir Fun Home--which has recently been made into a Tony Award-winning musical. The memoir follows Bechdel's relationship with her closeted gay father, who committed suicide after the then-19-year-old author came out to her parents as a lesbian. It's a tough story to read, no doubt, but it's a reality that many LGBT people face.

Fun Home and the Gift of Being Out

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.24.2016 | Queer 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 publisher...

There Is No Theatre Without the Writers

Freddie Gershon | Posted 06.12.2016 | 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 06.08.2016 | 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 06.08.2016 | 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 06.07.2016 | 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 06.06.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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 06.04.2016 | Queer 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 06.04.2016 | Queer 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 06.03.2016 | 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.