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Hug the weird, go see 'The Addams Family'

By by dianna wray/dwray@vicad.com
Jan. 11, 2012 at 1:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2012 at 7:11 p.m.


IF YOU GO

WHAT: "The Addams Family"WHEN: Through Jan. 15 WHERE: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St., HoustonCOST: $40-$90WHAT: "Imprinting the Divine: Byzantine and Russian Icons"WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sundays, through March 18WHERE: 1515 Sul Ross St., HoustonCOST: FreeWHAT: "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs"WHEN: Now through April 15WHERE: The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Caroline Weiss Building, 1001 Bissonet St., HoustonCOST: $33 for adults; $18 for childrenWHAT: "The Children's Hour"WHEN: Starts Friday and runs Thursday through Sunday, until Jan. 28WHERE: City Theater, 3823 Airport Blvd., AustinCOST: $15-$30

No matter how weird your family seems, odds are good the Addams family is weirder.

You doubt me? You think your family is way more eye-poppingly nuts? Well, then I suggest you should go check out "The Addams Family," the musical, and see if you can prove me wrong.

Yes, you read this right, the famed creepy, kooky clan headed by Gomez and Morticia Addams is now on the stage. As a kid, I loved catching reruns of the famed 1960s TV show. I learned to snap my fingers specifically to snap along with the theme song and chances are good I'll find myself doing the same thing while watching them dance and sing in the musical comedy as the touring production swings through Houston.

The show opened on Broadway in 2010 and features Uncle Fester, Lurch and all of the characters I loved growing up. The Addams' were great because they embraced their weirdness. It never occurred to them to do otherwise because they didn't seem to notice they were anything other than ordinary. Now, there's a musical that captures that same spirit of spooky zaniness that made the TV show so much fun. Their world was so strange and fun, and it all seemed so normal to them. To any kid that has felt like he or she will never fit in, the Addams' embrace of their unusual approach to life is incredibly comforting. Turns out, normal is as you define it, and the Addams version of normal is delightfully nutty.

In the musical, Wednesday Addams, the daughter in the family, is all grown up and in love with a guy named Lucas, who comes from a family that can only be described as, yep, normal. The two families meet for dinner, are mutually unimpressed with each other and then, wouldn't ya know, they find out the kids are getting hitched. Wackiness ensues and there's lots of singing and dancing and jokes to entertain the audience along the way to a happy ending.

So, go check it out. It's a show full of clever, singable songs and a story that celebrates embracing the strangeness that is in us all.

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