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Sophisticated and Sultry, “The Wild Party” Is NRACT’s Best Show to Date

From the moment the curtains open on NRACT’s production of “Wild Party,” directed by Craig Johnson, it’s obvious that all the stops have been pulled out. During the huge-scale opening number, it’s hard to know where to look—in a good way. From the bold hints of sinful, searing red everywhere to the breathtaking leads, complex… Read More ›

"The Addams Family" cast includes (from left) Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley, Pippa Pearthree as Grandma, Sara Gettelfinger as Morticia, Douglas Sills as Gomez, Tom Corbeil as Lurch, Cortney Wolfson as Wednesday, and Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester (all photos by Jeremy Daniel)

“The Addams Family” at DPAC Delivers Macabre Quips and Quivers — and Occasional Crossbow Darts

Songwriter Andrew Lippa and scriptwriters Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s wickedly funny musical adaptation of “The Addams Family” delivers macabre quips and quivers — and the occasional crossbow dart — much to the delight of the Durham Performing Arts Center audience this past Tuesday night. From the first familiar notes of the catchy “The Addams Family Theme” (by Vic Mizzy) from the 1964-66 television series to the final sepulchral chord, DPAC patrons were snapping their fingers and tapping their feet.

"The Addams Family" cast includes (from left) Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley, Pippa Pearthree as Grandma, Sara Gettelfinger as Morticia, Douglas Sills as Gomez, Tom Corbeil as Lurch, Cortney Wolfson as Wednesday, and Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester (all photos by Jeremy Daniel)

Charles Addams’ Bizarre But Beloved “Addams Family” Characters Satirize American Family Values

Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune described the original Broadway production of “The Addams Family” as “classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!”; and John Simon of Bloomberg News called it “uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.”