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Thought-provoking & poignant: ‘Fun Home’ is a great blend of comedy and drama

Reviewed by Anna Katherine Carey
Times-News correspondent

   ”Fun Home” is the perfect blend of humor and emotion.
The five-time Tony Award winner will be performed today through Sunday at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), 123 Vivian St., Durham. With songs ranging from lighthearted and humorous to thought-provoking and poignant, this show will take the audience on an emotional journey through Allison Bechdel’s life.
The show opens with Grown Alison, played by Kate Shindle, rummaging through a box of her dad’s old things, trying to remember moments of her life while writing her graphic novel memoir. Her dad Bruce, played by Robert Petkoff, and Small Alison, played by Alessandra Baldacchino, join her onstage as she reminisces about her childhood. The show then moves to Small Alison and her brothers playing in the family’s funeral home — which they refer to as the Fun Home. Small Alison has grown into Medium Alison, played by Abby Corrigan, and is now at college and struggling with her sexuality. She meets Joan, played by Karen Eilbacher, and truly begins to discover herself. Medium Alison is left to eagerly await her parents’ response to her coming out.
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Simply scary: Creepy effects can be created at home

By Nancy Drago
Times-News correspondent 

Create looks for Halloween using items from home. / Nancy Drago, Times-News correspondent

It’s becoming easier to get perfect creepy Halloween effects these days. A few items can make it simple.
Gashes, scars and wounds are fun to build and can be used for a variety of characters for Halloween. To make an open wound, cotton, liquid latex, some makeup and fake blood is needed. These things can all be purchased locally during the Halloween season. Be sure that the person getting the special makeup effects isn’t allergic to latex or any of the ingredients in the makeup or blood before applying it onto their skin.
The first step is to spread a thin layer of liquid latex on your skin where you want the wound to be. Then, stretch the cotton into the shape of the outline of the cut and gently lay it on top of the latex.
Next, spread latex using a craft stick or even a spoon over the cotton and onto the skin. Allow it to dry completely. A hair dryer will make it go faster.
After the latex dries, you can start painting the gash with makeup. Since this is a cut, the first color used is black as a foundation. Black adds depth to the wound.
The next color used is red. Paint the latex and down onto the skin with the red makeup. Other colors can be used depending on the type of wound you are making. Zombie bites are often shadowed green or yellow. Vampire bites may have read more…

‘Haunting’ guests for 27 years: Original Hollywood Horror Show runs through Nov. 5

By Nancy Drago
Times-News correspondent

   The Original Hollywood Horror Show in Snow Camp continues to create living nightmares.
   Before even officially entering the haunt, creepy characters roam among those eager to get their scare on. You might see Jack Sparrow or Twisty the Clown while waiting in line to enter the funeral tent that begins the show.
The haunt takes place both indoors and outdoors. Groups enter through the large wooden door as they follow their guide into the first part of the house. Each room contains a different frightening theme. Zombies, vampires, clowns and more wait in the darkness. They come out of seemingly nowhere and walk the long hallway a mere step behind. After leaving the house, you proceed through the cave and pass the Black Pearl as pirates fight to the death. The terrifying creatures in the graveyard anticipate your passing through. And you still haven’t escaped yet.
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