The role of Alison is split between three actresses: “Alison” as the creator of the book, “Small Alison” at her youngest age (maybe eight or ten), and college freshman “Middle Alison.” All three of these actresses give extraordinary performances.
It was the memory of Small Alison’s earliest gay awakening seeing an “old-school butch” delivery woman in “Ring of Keys” that made me first pull out my Kleenex, but I didn’t put them back away for the rest of the entire show.
Those Alisons, played (from youngest to oldest) by Delilah Rose Pellow, Ellen Nikbakht, and Lauren Braton each give incredible performances.
"FUN HOME (the musical) is, according to KC Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Stuart Carden, "the most important new musical theater piece" of the last decade. 2015 American Theatre Wing voters agreed by rewarding FUN HOME with Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Lead Actor, and Best Director.
FUN HOME is a non-linear coming-of-age tale from the successful graphic novel by gay cartoonist Alison Bechdel. It tells the mainly dark family saga of Bechdel's childhood and college years as seen through the adult Alison's (Lauren Braton) memories of earlier times.
Young Alison is played by Delilah Rose Pellow. She already knows she is somehow different from other little girls. Dad Bruce clearly dotes on her. He lives with his own demons, but like the Mom would prefer it if young Alison grew up to be a wife and Mom.
Everyone associated with FUN HOME is excellent. All three Alisons are super performers."
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