The ghoulish characters illustrator Charles Addams introduced in The New Yorker in 1938 remained nameless until the ’60s; now Gomez, Morticia, and Wednesday Addams are iconic monikers. Descending on Broadway in 2010, the musicalized version of The Addams Family unearths dialogue from Addams’ cartoons but owes more to the macabre sitcom they inspired. Featuring a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the play sees ma and pa Addams at odds with Wednesday’s choice to date an all-American boy. Dissed by one critic as “a tepid goulash of vaudeville song-and-dance routines, Borscht Belt jokes, stingless sitcom zingers and homey romantic plotlines,” the Tony nominee scored at the box office and won over skeptics thanks to the work of puppeteer Basil Twist and his giant squid. $35-$90, 8pm Tuesday, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com. Through May 12. Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here: calendar.sacurrent.com.
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