The Addams Family | Mercury Theater Chicago | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 5 2015
Price: $25-$65
There's nothing new about this "new musical comedy" based on characters from Charles Addams's iconic New Yorker cartoons. The plot is lifted right from Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's You Can’t Take It With You: daughter of eccentric family brings boyfriend’s straitlaced parents home for dinner; comedy ensues. Or it should, but doesn't, because the show's creators (Andrew Lippa did the music and lyrics, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice the book) seem to think it's enough to reprise all the familiar jokes and Addams family oddities. Worse yet, they spend the second act careening from one plot to another, giving each short shrift. Director L. Walter Stearns does what he can, helped by an adept cast of singer-comedians—Karl Hamilton is quite charming as Gomez, and Harter Clingman repeatedly steals the show as Uncle Fester. But it's hard to wow an audience with a production that grows tiresome a good long time before the final curtain. —Jack Helbig



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