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More than a year after they went dark, the lights are officially back on at The Fulton Theatre.

The Fulton kicked off its 2021/2022 season with a production of Fun Home, a haunting and honest musical story in the intersection of self, love, and family. 

Fun Home was adapted from cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir of the same name. The story follows her life growing up in a funeral home with a dysfunctional family to embracing her sexuality in college, and eventually as she comes to grips with family truths – and some not-so-secrets – as an adult.

A Review of ‘Fun Home’

While the premise sounds heavy for a musical, Fun Home’s songs and Bechdel’s satire and sarcasm bring levity to the show and make it truly endearing. It seems odd to be tapping your toes to a commercial about a funeral home, but you’ll find yourself doing so during the Bechdel children’s performance of “Come to the Fun Home.” 

As it is a sort of autobiography, the Alison characters really bring the show to life. Lily Philbrook (Small Alison) holds nothing back and packs a huge punch. Abigail Isom is all awkward charm as college student Medium Alison, and it was great to see Kate Fahrner (adult Alison) again – she was fantastic in Kinky Boots last March.

Jeffrey Coon and Katie Sina (who I just saw in Mount Gretna’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! in July), are wonderful as Alison’s parents. They are struggling with their own identities and relationship, which also brings challenges to their relationships with Alison.

Fun Home is truly a monumental show – it broke ground as the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist – and it’s wonderful to see The Fulton sharing real stories that stray a bit from the classic musical. It’s definitely a period of growth and change for Lancaster, and The Fulton is growing right alongside it. 

The Fulton is also excited to show off its “new” digs. The Theatre recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation that includes a new bar, additional bathrooms, and more studio spaces. I definitely recommend getting to the show early to enjoy a drink or two in the new lobby! Keep in mind there’s no intermission during Fun Home and you cannot bring drinks into the theater (COVID protocols), so plan accordingly. Guests are also required to wear masks during the performance.

Catch ‘Fun Home’ and other Fulton productions

Fun Home runs through Oct. 17. The Fulton’s holiday season kicks off with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on the main stage from Nov. 9 through Jan. 2, Snow White as part of the family series Nov. 20-Dec. 18, and Jacob Marley’s A Christmas Carol upstairs Nov. 30-Dec. 26.

*I definitely recommend seeing the show, but please be aware it covers suicide and family abuse.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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