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Small Alison (Lila Gold) and her father Bruce (James Lloyd Reynolds) share artistic passion in “Fun Home,” but love and commonality can’t conquer tragic circumstances.
Powerful, energetic staging and a universally excellent cast give TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” sizzling excitement that balances the story’s intense sadness. The show opened Saturday and runs through Oct. 28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.
Based on the autobiographical graphic novel Alison Bechdel published in 2006, “Fun Home” premiered as a musical in 2013. It follows the cartoonist’s childhood and coming of age in the vibrantly technicolor 1970s or, more accurately, follows her close, troubled relationship with her father, Bruce. She grew up assisting him in the family enterprise, a funeral home abbreviated to the “fun home” of the story’s title.