There are strong scenes threaded throughout the Woodlawn Theatre’s staging of “The Addams Family.”
The musical is based on the ’60s sitcom — itself based on Charles Addams’ macabre cartoons dating back to the ’30s — about an outwardly ghoulish family. Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who wrote the book for the “Addams” musical, came up with their own story for the family.
The show revolves around daughter Wednesday’s (well-played by Conley Wehner) seemingly doomed romance with — gasp! — a normal boy named Lucas Beineke (the appealing Trevor Chauvin). As if that weren’t outlandish enough, she decides against telling her mother Morticia (Melissa Gonzalez) about the relationship, instead letting only dad Gomez (Michael J. Gonzalez) know. She then swears him to secrecy — a challenge for him, given how devoted he is to his wife.
Most of the show revolves around the disastrous first meeting between the Addams and Lucas’ parents (Sara Brookes and Joshua Goldberg).
The best moments in the production, directed by Rick Sanchez, include the twisted and weirdly tender “What If?”, in which Pugsley (Nicholas Barron) frets that Wednesday’s new love will fray the sibling bond; and the chaotic dinner party between the families, thanks in no small part to Brookes’ role in the meal’s collapse.