Jul 11 – Jul 30, 2017
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Plan Your Visit
Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.
Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.
All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.
The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.
Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:
Theatre Coat Check phone: 206-625-1294
Coat Check, Assistive Devices, and Special Needs
Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats, assistive listening headsets, and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.
Food & Drinks
Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Candy and beverages purchased at the lobby concession stand may be brought into the theatre. Beverages must be in a bottle with cap or a theater cup with lid.
Ticket Refunds & Exchanges
You may exchange your tickets if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets with no exchange fee. Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.
If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up your tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.
We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.
Cameras & Recorders
The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.
Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.
No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.
Ask an Usher
If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.
Fun Home, the winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel ; she subtitled her book – a memoir about her very unusual childhood and her relationship with her parents – “a family tragicomic.” The author is played by three actresses who portray Small Alison (around nine years old), Medium Alison (19 and a college freshman), and Alison (43 and a cartoonist). Both funny and very moving (Variety observed, “This show could be staged on the back of a truck and still break your heart”), Fun Home contains adult content which is described below.
The “f” word is heard six times, always from Alison’s father Bruce during his unpredictable explosions of anger (“Don’t f—g tell me what to do!” “No one f—g helps around here!”); he also calls his wife a “crazy bitch.” Also heard are a couple of “damnits!,” one “Goddammit!” and one “Christ! Chrissakes!” A few vulgar expressions are used (“bullshit,” “shitload”).
Medium Alison discovers she is a lesbian from reading a book (Word is Out, interviews with 26 lesbians and gay men, a companion to the 1978 film). When she claims to be nonetheless asexual, her friend Joan kisses her; they tumble into bed together and the lights go down. Joan is then seen sleeping while Alison sings “Changing my Major” (“I’m changing my major to sex with Joan / With a minor in kissing Joan / Foreign study to Joan’s inner thighs / A seminar on Joan’s ass in her levis / And Joan’s crazy brown eyes”).
Bruce is seen asking Roy, a former student assisting him, to unbutton his shirt; Roy does so, singing, “I know this type / This type of married guy / I could just give him the slip but why / It’s not a big deal.” Later we see Bruce talking with Mark, a 16-year-old student: “I just like getting the chance to know you a little better. You got yourself a girl?” The relationships in these scenes are implied onstage, not explicit.
When Medium Alison comes out to her parents (in a letter), Helen responds by informing her daughter about Bruce (“Days and days and days / made of posing and bragging and fits of rage / and boys, my god, some of them underage / And oh how did it all happen here?”).
Bruce offers sherry to Roy; later he offers a beer to Mark, a high school junior. Joan offers a joint to Medium Alison when she has heard upsetting news. Helen pours wine for herself and Medium Alison before they discuss the truth about Bruce.
Bruce (high school teacher, amateur historic home restorer, funeral director) calls Small Alison into the room where he is working on a cadaver and asks her to hand him some scissors. (Alison at 43 wonders: “Is this the way your father showed you your first dead body? Was it a Bechdel rite of passage? Or am I reading too much into this? Maybe you just wanted the scissors.”) The three small Bechdel children devise a mock commercial (“Come to the Fun Home”) for the family business; they dance on the caskets in the showroom and hide inside one when their father interrupts them.
Small Alison hears her parents, Bruce and Helen, fighting; they shout at each other and sometimes throw objects. At one point, Bruce begins tearing pages out of books.