Purcell is a respected theater critic, and here she is at her best in the terrific, chapter-long treatment of Fun Home, the groundbreaking Broadway musical adapted from Alison Bechtel's graphic novel (2006), which boasts the first-ever lesbian protagonist in a Broadway musical. [Other] noteworthy gems: a fascinating portrait of Antoinette Perry, for whom Broadway’s Tony Awards are named; a feminist critique of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s male-dominant Hamilton; and a telling exposé of the destructive preponderance of white, male theater critics. Endnotes are extensive and valuable.
7/15/20: Library Journal included the book in their list “Social Justice in Literature, the Intersection of Cinema and Theater in Popular Works, and More in Literary Criticism Titles in Academic Best Sellers.”
12/11/20: TheaterMania included book in their “Broadway Book List: 12 Great Titles for the Theater Lover in Your Life This Holiday Season.”