Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 8:14 a.m.
The title is Fun Home, but ask Susan Moniz, who plays the mother of the title character in the national tour of the 2015-winning Tony Award-winning musical, the word fun is not the first word she associates performing in it.
“I wouldn’t say it’s fun,” says Moniz, a veteran member of the bustling Chicago theater scene. “I don’t have many fun moments in this show. But it’s incredibly rewarding to do. This is the kind of the show that resonates on so many levels, and to hear real, honest people come up to me afterwards and they are in tears and say ‘you just put on my life,’ is so touching and important and beautiful.”
Susan Moniz in “Fun Home”
Fun Home, written by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron is a coming-of-age tale: sort of. The main character, Alison, is played by three actresses at three distinct stages of her life: as a 9 year old, a college freshman, and a grown woman, a professional cartoonist working on her illustrated memoir. It is based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, and relates the grown Alison exploring her upbringing and maturation, particularly her sexuality and her relationship with her complicated and troubled father, an English teacher who also runs the family’s Victorian funeral home, which Alison and her two brothers call “the fun home.”
Moniz plays Alison’s mother, and interacts with her two younger incarnations. Though not one of the lead roles, it’s a critical one, as she strives to maintain some kind of balance in a family that, like so many families, seems picture-postcard, but is breaking around the edges. An…
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