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  The Addams Family at Mercury Theater

The Addams Family

Mercury Theater
3745 N. Southport Ave Chicago

Experience both laughter and chills as the weird and wonderful Addams family comes to Chicago in this creepy and kooky musical comedy from Mercury Theater Chicago. Wednesday Addams, now a grown-up princess of darkness, has fallen head-over-heels for a normal boy from a respectable family and has invited her new boyfriend and his parents to the family mansion for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Sit back and savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as the special occasion brings out the best -- and worst -- in everyone involved. The award-winning team behind the magnificently macabre The Addams Family includes authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party).

Thru - Apr 12, 2015

Price: $25-$65

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-325-1700

Running Time: 2hrs, 20mins; one intermission

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  The Addams Family Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...I still enjoyed director L. Walter Stearns' Mercury Theater production more than any of my previous visits with this family (this was my fourth trip to the spooky mansion inside Central Park). That's partly a matter of the intimacy of the space and the simplicity of Bob Knuth's shoe-box set design - which dials back big-musical expectations (an ensemble of six feels just about right) and connects you more to the cartoon, TV and movie characters that are the reasons most people are buying a ticket. And it's partly a relentless focus on laughs."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...Note to Broadway (and not for the first time): If you want to see how to make a musical really snap into place — how to connect with an audience in that uncanny way that is so crucial for success, how to delineate characters so that we cannot help but cheer for them, and how to turn every production number into a giddy explosion of song and dance — pay a visit to the ideally intimate Mercury Theater Chicago."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Not Recommended

"...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."
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Jack Helbig

Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Andrew Lippa's score suffers from the same lack of flavor. No single note reflects the nature of the Addams family; they just happen to be singing. The whole production, then, is all-too-perfect as a Hollywood-style reboot—maybe a fun diversion, but utterly missing the point of the franchise."
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Kevin Thomas

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...As clever as this musical mash-up seems (with shout-outs to Bob Knuth’s wicked props, Brenda Didier’s chilly choreograph, Frances Maggio’s caricaturing costumes, and Nick Belley’s sepulchral lighting), I still think Paul Rudnick’s film versions provide the perfect Addams overkill. But hey, talk to the Thing…I mean, hand; you get song and dance here, the kind that didn’t kill vaudeville. And what an antidote the Addams are to today’s assorted delusional thinking, including the self-esteem movement, feel-good empowerment scams, and unorganized religion."
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Lawrence Bommer

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...There are things in the book I could complain about, like how most of the second act consists of a nobleman with superpowers lecturing a middle-class father on the importance of putting romance before responsibility. Or how much shock humor revolves around old women’s sex lives (the show is not child friendly). But ultimately, none of that really matters as long as you go to the musical in expectation of goofy fun. The audience I saw was in stitches from the moment Lurch (Jeff Diebold) attempted to speak, and laughed uproariously the whole way through. L. Walter Stearns’s direction delivers every macabre joke in this romantic comedy, and the design team made a visual feast. The score is cheesy, but the performers’ cheeriness is infectious."
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Jacob Davis

Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended

"...Technically, the show – directed by L. Walter Stearns – was a glorious spectacle. The choreography by Brenda Didier was delightful, and Frances Maggio’s costumes, particularly for the ancestors, were dazzling. The sets by Bob Knuth, complete with a glowing moon floating over the audience, captured the kookiness of the cartoons with a Dr. Seuss-y crookedness."

Sandra Bykowski

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...My hat is off to L Walter Stearns and his majestic Mercury Theater Chicago! Oh, what a night! The perfect opening night for a musical comedy that was “born” in Chicago with non other that Nathan Lane taking on the “caricature” role of Gomez Addams, the patriarch of this family. While Lane is an extraordinary talent and was brilliant in his portrayal, the entire show appeared to be more a “star vehicle” for him, and thus did not make it as big as it could have. The writers with veteran director Jerry Zaks retooled the production and what we see on the stage of the far more intimate Mercury Theater is an amazing “ensemble” piece! A two hour and thirty minute musical that far exceeds what we witnessed pre-Broadway."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...When a play bombs on Broadway after beginning its life in Chicago, one might not expect a terribly triumphant return to the Windy City for that show. However, the version of “The Addams Family” that is currently being produced at Mercury Theater Chicago has a drastically overhauled script and is, essentially, a new play. And that new script is an absolute delight."
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Christopher Kidder-Mostrom

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...L. Walter Stearns has really risen to the occasion with this show as director. Moving his cast over, around and through the intimate Mercury Theater, he’s wisely kept his production on the modest side, while carefully mining every ounce of comedy, both from the libretto and from within his stellar cast. Mr. Stearns doesn’t waste any of the talent bursting from his 16 triple-threats, yet he’s kept his production profoundly honest, visceral and immediate. In the end, this musical is simply a warm, very funny story of a family coping with change and their oldest child’s growing pains. The only difference is that this family finds most of its happiness when they “Move Toward the Darkness.”"
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"...Miraculously, the storyline that was so cumbersome during the pre Broadway tryout turns into a joy on the Mercury stage, with dialogue and sight gags filled with wry humor. Laughs come fast and unexpectedly, a bit from "The Sound of Music" in one scene and a line from "The Honeymooners" in another. Uncle Fester even throws in a brief and comical reference to the musical's failure on Broadway. Many of the laughs emerge from in- jokes but the book isn't pretentious or smug about its cleverness."

Dan Zeff

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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