The Addams Family
The Addams Family – Theater Review
Based on the bizarre and beloved characters created by Charles Addams, this original story finds the famously macabre Addams Family put to the test when outsiders come to dinner, hurling Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester, Grandmama and Lurch headlong into a night that will change the family forever.
The Addams Family is based on the cartoon, which was actually the Charles Addams drawings from The New Yorker, and they weren’t actually called The Addams Family to begin with, but they became known by that just because that is how everybody knew them. When the curtain opens and you first see the family arrayed behind the gate with their pale weirdness, the scene just blows your socks off. It looks like every Charles Addams cartoon you have ever seen, and then, damnit, they ruin the illusion by opening their this has come to Broadway with Nathan Lane playing Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth playing Morticia, and let me tell you, if you are coming to New York, you don’t understand much English, you want to see a big musical with a lot of pizzazz and make you cheerful, this is your musical. However, if you are really looking for any sort of theatrical sense or intelligence or anything other than a great set design –forget about it; I just thought this was mediocre theatre. Its got a huge advance, and out of towners will love it and people that don’t speak much English because there is not much English to be understood. So, for out-of-towners, it’s a must see. For everybody else, two stars at most.