The Fox was all spiffed up after a $2 million dollar upgrade for the opening of its 2011/2012 season. The theater never looked better. The new air-conditioning system noticeably cooled the interior on an unseasonably hot evening. The sound system was near perfect.
I must confess that I wasn’t a fan of the TV version of “The Addams Family,” so I came to the musical uncertain as to how I would like it. What happened? I found myself laughing out loud at the punch lines, the campiness and the unbridled silliness. “The Addams Family” is fantastic fun. A true crowd pleaser. The laughter rolls.
The story is simple and familiar. The Addams daughter, Wednesday, played and sung beautifully by Cortney Wolfson, wants to marry a “normal” boy. It’s a tough pill to swallow for The Addams Family, so a dinner is planned at the Addams’ digs (literally) so they can meet the boy’s parents and get things off on the right foot. The question is, will the evening stand a ghost of a chance?
The entire cast of “The Addams Family” is splendid, especially Douglas Sills as Gomez and Sara Gettelfinger as Morticia. They carry the show, and most men in the audience will spend the evening wondering if Morticia’s revealing costume will ever let her down. Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester is a scene-stealer of the first order. Pippa Pearlthree as Grandma and Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley carve out some hilarious moments.
The second act of “The Addams Family” has always been a problem, and many important changes and rewrites have been made for this tour. However, there is still too much of a shift of gears in Act II when the show focuses too heavily on some relationship areas that really don’t fit well with the pacing of the production.
That said, “The Addams Family” doesn’t really have a dull moment. The staging has some imagination and a few surprises. “The Addams Family” is clever and even timely. If I were you, I’d make time to see it.
You’ll be glad you did.
“The Addams Family” will run through October 9.