Feb. 14, 2022

Fun Home (MTC) (Melbourne, Australia) Review

Fun Home (MTC) (Melbourne, Australia) Review

Theatre First Episode 312
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Fun Home – MTC, Melbourne, Australia
Based on Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic novel about growing up and coming out, this groundbreaking...


Theatre First Episode 312
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.bitesz.com (mobile friendly).
Fun Home – MTC, Melbourne, Australia
Based on Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic novel about growing up and coming out, this groundbreaking multi-Tony Award-winning musical arrives in Melbourne following its acclaimed Sydney season.
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Transcript

Fun Home (MTC) AI Transcript

[00:00:00] Alex First: Uh, poignant and amusing slice of life musical. It's not hard to see why fun home received five Tony awards for the original Broadway production that included best musical best book of a musical and best original score. Now, fortunately Melbourne theater company and Sydney theater company have picked it up and done a wonderful job.

In fact so much so that it's amongst my favorite MTC productions of all time. It really is that good Ellison Bechtler played by Lucy Monda is a 43 year old lesbian cartoonist. Who's trying to make sense of the relationship she had with her father, Bruce at a Murphy that involves looking back at her life when she was 10 as played alternately by a floor of Feldman Sophie, Isaac and TJ.

And again, as a newly minted college student, Ursula Searle through three generations of Alison's, we gain further insight as she sets about finding her place in the world. Bruce was an intelligent and complicated man driven by his sexual impulses and English teacher and undertaker who took pride in his work home restoration and period detail was a passion for him as was good.

Ellison and her brothers, John played alternately by Luca and Sebastian sero and Christian played alternately by Jade, Alessandro, Edgar, Sterling, and Aiden Sinan grew up helping their father Polish the caskets when they were first married, Bruce and his wife, Helen Sylvie Pella, Dino lived in Germany where Bruce was in the army.

A death in the family saw the move to Pennsylvania. Bruce had a, my way or highway approach. He insisted on his home being meticulously, clean a showpiece. He was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde prone to angry tirades and treated Helen shamefully still, Alison had an enduring respect for him and his intellect.

She wanted to please him and they had more in common than she first thought. The nine strong cast and six piece band do a wonderful job. Bringing this fractured family tale to life. The narrative is driven both by spoken word and song lyrics. I love the flow between them and what magnificent material there is to work with based on a graphic novel by Alison Bechtler published in 2006, the book and lyrics are by Lisa Cron with music by Jeanine. Tesori fun. Home is both desperately sad. And at times hilarious, the light critically important as a juxtaposition to the shade. The performances are first, right?

All so. The elder Ellison shadows her younger selves throughout and does so seamlessly. In fact, all three versions of Alison make a huge and favorable impression. Their timing and delivery are impeccable. Murphy is able to readily channel the different sides of Bruce's character as he walks closer and closer to the edge of a metaphorical.

Emily heavier is dazzling and delightful as Alison's you found gay friend that leads me to reflect on the delicious mirth enduring representation of Allison's first loving encounter with the same sex it cheeky number by the children. Creating a promotional ad for the funeral home is among the many highlights of fun home among several standout solo performances that reach deep into our souls is Palo Dino. Finally letting lose as mother Helen, the set design by Alicia Clements. Who's also responsible for the costumes is supported.

Upon entering the theater. We see two tiers of the family home, including Bruce's prize book collection accessible via an impressive black metal spiral staircase. During the course of proceedings, the rotating stage also showcases the outside of the home where a small tree is planted also the morgue and Allison's dorm.

Fun home is a magnificent theatrical production helmed with distinction by director Dean Bryant. Musical direction is from Matthew, Frank, and choreography by Andrew Holdsworth. Fun home is playing at the Playhouse at art center, Melbourne until the 5th of March, 2022.