Michael Cerveris
Review: Awkwardness adds to 'Fun Home' charm
Review: Awkwardness adds to 'Fun Home' charm

NEW YORK — "Fun Home," the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's extraordinary graphic memoir, gets off to a choppy start, takes unnecessary musical detours and is staged in a rough-hewn style that sometimes seems more accidental than intentional. But the show, which is having its world premiere here at the Public Theater, succeeds not despite these flaws but in large measure because of them. Bechdel's ironically self-aware and inwardly searching sensibility is honored by a musical that isn't afraid to reveal its awkward side. True, Bechdel's book, a lesbian's coming-out story complicated by a closeted gay father's tragedy, has a sure-footedness that the production lacks. (The verbal...