Thursday, June 26, 2014

REVIEW: The Addams Family at The Empress Theatre

2014-06-23 22.10.21

The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy
Playing at The Empress Theatre in Magna
June 20 – July 26, 2014
(Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays) – No performance July 4 or 5

We got to see The Addams Family at The Empress Theatre Monday night, and I have now added it to one of my top three favorite performances we have seen there, next to The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Christmas Box.

There is a sensitivity rating on the show due to macabre humor and mild profanity, so it might not be the best show for younger kids. My kids are eight and 10, and it was fine for them, but please use your own judgment; you know your kids best.

Directed by Jake Andersen, this is one of those productions where each person cast did a wonderful job in their role. Of course we had our favorites, but there wasn’t one person that didn’t present their character with exceptional panache.

10510205_10203215877330725_289523559_n“Our Addams Family and ancestors, although a bit macabre and off-beat, are relatable in some way to most families,” Andersen said. “Real family problems and emotions, played out in a comedy that never quits.”

One of those relatable characters was the cranky, humorous grandma. Played by JoAnn Galloway, she had us laughing at the way she interacted with Pugsley Addams about his conflicted feelings of Wednesday Addams finding her one true love and moving on. She was our favorite character, and my daughter wanted to go back with some friends to see it again just for her.

We also enjoyed watching Uncle Fester, played by Nathan Unck, and the feelings he has towards the moon. Make sure you watch the moon in this production, because it also takes on a character of its own as well, lingering over the happenings of The Addams’.

(Photo credit for picture at right: Carrie Johnson)

Another group of characters that were fun to watch were the Addams Family Ancestors. This group of ghosts come from their crypt to help with Wednesday Addams and the family “crisis” they are facing. It was fun to watch them and try to pick out which decade they were visiting from.

10514785_10203215877490729_15712936_n(Photo credit: Carrie Johnson)

The entire Addams and Beinekes families were also brilliantly cast, with Matt Green playing the lead role of Gomez Addams, and Chrisanne Sueltz playing the role of Morticia Addams. We loved the way Green sorted out his conflicting feelings of being caught in between his wife and daughter. Wednesday Addams was played by Jennica Henderson, and did a great job of playing the “little girl growing up”. Gavin Sueltz played the role of Pugsley Addams, and had us laughing at his interactions with Henderson and Galloway.

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As I mentioned above, this production does have a sensitivity rating due to macabre humor and mild profanity, so make sure you are prepared for that when attend. I would suggest this for children ages 8 and older.

“From our Empress Family to yours, ‘move towards the dark side’ and enjoy the show!” – Director Jake Andersen


Tickets can be purchased online, or at The Empress Theatre box office 9104 West 2700 South in Magna, Utah. All tickets are $10, and group discounts are available.

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I was provided with two complimentary tickets to attend the show for my review. I was not compensated financially, nor was I required or persuaded to write any specific type of review. The views and opinions expressed in this review are all my own.

Halloween In Summer Festival:

This is a great opportunity to enjoy a Halloween Festival during the hot summer, and then head over to The Empress for a showing of The Addams Family! Complete details can be found online.


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