Unlike Herman Munster, the Addams Family did not spring to life with a bolt of lightning. They evolved over time from the primordial soup of cartoonist Charles Addams’s imagination. His single-panel comics about the humorously macabre family eventually became an appropriately twisted domestic sitcom in the ’60s and then a pair of big-budget movies in the ’90s. Was there ever any doubt that the subversive clan would make it to Broadway? The Addams Family continues the tradition of skewering convention, but in musical format. Sullen daughter Wednesday has found the perfect man, and — gasp — he’s absolutely normal. She wants his family to meet hers, so a dinner is arranged at the Addams’ home. Can Gomez and Morticia rein in their outlandish behavior for their daughter’s sake? Will Lurch play a little harpsichord during dinner? Will Thing keep his hand to himself? The Ouija board seems to indicate yes, but don’t count on it.
Nov. 8-13, 2011