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click to enlarge Abby Corrigan in Fun Home

Abby Corrigan in Fun Home

Joan Marcus

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 13 2016
Price: $42-$110
"I was Spartan to my father's Athenian, modern to his Victorian, butch to his nelly, utilitarian to his aesthete," writes Alison Bechdel in her best-selling graphic memoir Fun Home. By her freshman year in college she was also an out lesbian to his tortured, suicidal closet case. Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's 2013 musical adaptation is worthy of Bechdel's deeply felt, subtly thought, funny, elegiac book. In dialogue as well as in songs that often take the form of a kind of tuneful recitative, Kron and Tesori lay out the intricate relationship that led the daughter to self-knowledge and her father, Bruce, to self-destruction. This 100-minute Equity touring production too: worthy. Despite the occasional confusions of David Zinn's set design, Sam Gold's staging combines wit with great emotional clarity. Robert Petkoff reveals a truly dangerous Bruce. And Abby Corrigan stands out as one of three actors portraying Alison at different ages—especially when, having discovered sex, she sings, "I'm changing my major to Joan." —Tony Adler



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