Fun Home grows up on The Arts Club stage

The 2015 Tony Award winning Best Musical, Fun Home makes its Canadian debut on The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Granville Island stage. Based on the graphic autobiography by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, and directed by Lois Anderson, Fun Home features the adult Alison (Sara-Jeanne Hosie) trying to overcome a bout of writer’s block.  While looking back into the moments of her life she unlocks dormant memories and feelings of childhood, growing up and coming out and most importantly her relationship with her father.

The 10 year old, tomboy, Small Alison, played in a powerhouse performance by Jaime MacLean, imagines life to be like a Partridge Family episode but her obsessive compulsive father, Bruce (Eric Craig) has other ideas.  The historic home restorer, English teacher, FUNeral HOME director runs a tight ship at home and work while fighting his own personal battles. In hindsight, adult Alison can see the cracks in her fathers veneer, living in a small town during the era of the ‘love that dare not speak its name’, he occassionally gives in to his gay urges, at times dangerously steps into predatory territory.

When she heads to college,  the Medium Alison (played by Kelli Ogmundson)  comes out to herself and her family as a lesbian.  As her father grows more manic, her mother, Helen, played by Janet Gigliotti, reveals that she isn’t the perfect sitcom mom that Alison envisioned, instead she did her best to tolerate her husband’s affairs with men and the humiliation of him being caught with underage boys.  Believing her coming out was a trigger for her father’s mental state she finally unlocks her memories and puts the puzzle pieces of his life, together with her own and overcomes her writer’s block as their stories have poured out of her pencil onto the pages.

In a time when the LGBT community has made great gains in visibility, Fun Home reminds us that not long ago things were very different for the generations before us.  While Fun Home takes the audience on an emotional journey, Lisa Kron’s book and lyrics, with music by Jeanine Tesori, are able to bring in lighthearted moments to balance.
All the performers, the youth and adult actors and musicians, in this production of Fun Home shine.  Amir Ofek’s set makes us feel at home inside the historic Bechdel home, complimented by Amy McDougall’s costumes that those of us who grew up in a similar era will remember (somewhat) fondly.

Fun Home plays at The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Granville Island Stage until March 10th. Visit artsclub.com for tickets and times.

Share Nightclub Las Vegas

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DJ Chi-Chi Larue

Stripper Circus comes to town! Billed as the ‘Dirtiest Show On Earth’, the Hollywood party heads to Las Vegas’s only Gay strip club every Friday. Lead by ringleader DJ Chi-Chi Larue, Share Nightclub gets down and dirty with a dozen sexy dancers. Midway games & entertainment surround the dance floor as the resident dancers and visiting adult entertainment stars work up the crowd as they take to the stages around the club. As the patrons get into the pop-dance tracks spun by DJ Chi-Chi the lights dim signalling that it’s time to get a little more risque as the dancers can fully disrobe. The darkness certainly releases a lot of people from their inhibitions as they find unique ways and places to leave a tip for the gogo boys.

Upstairs in the large club is a smaller more intimate lounge area where the late night crowd tends to drift into as the main room thins. A few very intimate rooms are located behind the velvet rope for those seeking a more private dances.

 Stripper Circus with DJ Chi-Chi Larue and DJ Nick Ayler takes over Share Nightclub every Friday.

Share is located at 4636 Wynn Road (about $ 15 taxi from mid-strip).
There is no cover charge ever. Visit Sharenightclub.com for special offers. VIP Bottle service and more information.

 

Eva Universe at Krave Nightclub Las Vegas

Las Vegas has always been an international destination, it got a little more universal recently when Eva Universe stopped at Krave Nightclub to show off her sounds and moves to a busy Saturday night crowd.  Eva took to the Krave stage with her two dancers for a couple of sets debuting her latest single, Body On Mine featuring Tyga. Adding to Krave’s already great vibe, Eva’s light and lively pop-dance totally worked up the audience as she danced her way around the stage.  Body On Mine is currently sitting in the Top 20 on Billboard Dance chart, and Eva is on the way around the world on the World Of Dance Tour
Eva is just one of the featured performers who debut new releases at Krave; JoJo, Jessica Stutta, Chris Crocker, Melissa Molinaro and Anjulie have all visited the club lately.  Conveniently located in the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Resort, Krave is the only straight-friendly gay bar on the Las Vegas Strip.  With an intimate lounge and supersize nightclub within the complex, Krave has something for everyone on any night of the week.

Krave Nightclub is open Mon-Sun from 2230 – 0630, cover ranges from $10 – $30. Visit their website for more information or to join their VIP newsletter.

Eva Universe is currently on the road with the World Of Dance Tour