Orange County Theatre Reviews

3D Theatricals presents : The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy @ The Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Here’s the thing–The Addams Family is old.  By kid’s standards, really old.  After being created by cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938, they decided to air the television series about the ghoulish family in 1964.    The premise of the show is mostly that some weird family living in a mansion consistently creeps out the neighbors with their non-traditional love of all things macabre, as well as some supernatural abilities that are never fully explained.  This was successful enough to warrant the creation of an Addams Family movie in 1991–which was in turn popular enough to warrant a sequel in 1993.  Some years later it was turned into a musical comedy and opened on Broadway in 2010.   3-D Theatricals current production of the show is cast absolutely perfectly, but the play itself is the problem.  It is built too heavily on the history of the Addams Family, and history does not entertain entire families. With a story so heavily geared towards people who are already fans, can this really qualify as a successful family show?   After seeing it Saturday night, I can’t help but say:  not really. Continue Reading

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