Review: The Addams Family UK Tour

Original review: Underdog Reviews

The Addams Family

Quick, clever, and kooky, but more spunky than spooky

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together… normal? The Addams Family. Duh-duh-duh-duh *click click*. Andrew Lippa’s musical adaptation is a formulaic but fun-filled frolic focusing on Wednesday, the first daughter of America’s freakiest family, finding love with cookie-cutter conventionalist Lucas, whose ordinariness is disorientating for the rest of the kooky clan when his equally-ordinary family come to dinner.

The plot, from Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, is ‘Pulled’ in perhaps one too many new directions: the difference between the families, as wide as the Addams’ Central Park plot, provides some predictable but funny fodder, but as well as Wednesday and Lucas’s love woes, there’s Morticia and Gomez’s marital discord once she finds out he’s keeping secrets about their daughter from her, Lucas’s seemingly conservative parents needing to rediscover love in their mid-life marriage, Uncle Fester’s loony longing for the moon, and all haunted by a host of historically-attired ancestors. The effect is that the plot feels padded rather than planned, and, although believable, because Wednesday and Lucas are already a couple it feels like a missed opportunity to explore their differences more effectively through their undoubtedly unconventional courtship, rather than a dinner party that’s appropriated by their parents.

The family are terrifically creepy and their kinship is a force to be reckoned with: Continue reading “Review: The Addams Family UK Tour”