Recommended by Rich Smith
As the books and theater writer at The Stranger, it's impossible for me to overstate how excited I am to see Fun Home in Seattle this week. The graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, which Lisa Kron based her Tony Award–winning show on, kills me. Part of that excitement is nervousness, though. The reason I like the graphic novel so much is because of all the subtle literary connections Bechdel makes between her life and the books she came up with, came out with, and related to her father's death. Will those subtleties translate to the stage, or will the stage transform the nature of those subtleties, or does FIVE Tonys mean none of this matters? Jessica Fu, The Stranger's erstwhile social-media manager, put me at ease. She saw the show in New York and reported back thusly: "I cried during and after! And then the next morning." Better bring a box of tissues.