Predating the goth subculture by decades, The Addams Family remains one of pop culture's most delightfully twisted takes on family values. So the members dress almost entirely in black, dwell in a decrepit mansion, and delight in macabre eccentricities; for all their idiosyncrasies, Gomez and Morticia are exemplary parents, tirelessly expressing an admirable affection for daughter Wednesday and son Pugsley (not to mention Grandma and Uncle Fester). Such familial devotion no doubt helps to explain the ongoing appeal of the Addams clan. Drawing from cartoonist Charles Addams's original sketches, the group's latest resurrection began in 2010 with an unlikely hit Broadway musical. Pairing music and lyrics from Andrew Lippa with a book co-authored by Jersey Boys scribes Marshall Brickman and Rick Elica, The Addams Family proved an irresistible draw for audiences attracted by the unlikely fusion of ghoulish tenderness. Reuniting the entire household (including Lurch, the reliably deadpan butler), the musical offers a family dilemma when Wednesday is smitten with a disturbingly well-adjusted young man. Facing such ominous goodness, can morbidity possibly prevail? Will the family lose their doleful daughter to the forces of cheerfulness? Such questions will be answered, naturally enough, over a thunder-crackling evening of thoroughly demented song and dance. Like Edward Gorey by way of Mel Brooks, The Addams Family continues to offer a gothic affirmation that the family that séances together, stays together.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: May 8. Continues through May 20, 2012