Every family has secrets. In our family it seemed to be about money. That was a taboo topic. As was sex.

When my father-in-law went into the military, he and his younger brother left all their money with the one brother who had gone to college. With Uncle College’s education and wisdom, they felt their money would be safer with him than in a bank.

Because he held the purse strings, Uncle College became the default head of household. He decided to invest all the money in a car dealership Bad idea. Bad timing.


By the time the other two brothers came home, the dealership had closed. The money was gone. And so was brother College. 

Years later, Uncle College reappeared in California with amnesia. The close families who had lived in a duplex at one time were torn apart. It affected two generations. Brother College’s sons went to expensive schools on the East Coast. One moved to Israel. The other brothers’ children went to state schools.

The family did not seem to believe Brother College had really lost all their money.

I didn’t  learn about the details of this secret until I had been part of the family for many years.

Fun Home tells the story of a family that appears perfect on the outside but they have a lot of things they should be discussing.

In Fun Home, the secrets were all about sex.

The play Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels many mysteries of her childhood. The name references the fact that the family lived in a Funeral Home.

One of the most groundbreaking productions ever to hit Broadway, Fun Home is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUNHOME features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book, and Best Direction. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, Fun Home is “a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention” (Newsday).

Are other people’s family secrets more intriguing? Or if your family has similar secrets can you identify with them?

Winspear Opera House

September 13-24

For tickets 214-880-0202