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Evening Star’s The Addams Family Gamely Delivers The Goofy Giggles In A Flawed Script

George Macia and Samantha Streich make an odd couple in The Addams Famly at Evening Star Productions  (Photo by Carol Kassie)

George Macia and Samantha Streich make an odd couple in The Addams Famly at Evening Star Productions (Photo by Carol Kassie)

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, April 20, 2015 – The difficulty sorting out the virtues and flaws in Evening Star Productions’ The Addams Family is separating the admirable, ambitious and unflagging efforts of this fledgling troupe and what can be laid off on a congenitally flawed piece of material.

There’s enough giggles and grins delivered by these game, committed thespians to keep this production mildly diverting, but they still are finding their artistic chops and they still are chained to a script and score that devolves from the strychnine into the saccharine.

At the same time, this group, operating on a shoestring budget out of a theater slipped into a Boca Raton strip shopping center, throws themselves so completely into this silliness that the audience has no choice but to be a curmudgeon or open themselves up to have a good time.

The Addams Family is a 2010 musical loosely based on the three films from 1990s, even more loosely on the 1960s television series and only tangentially on the initial single-frame cartoons inThe New Yorker by Charles Addams, despite his heirs insisting on the exact opposite.

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