The white clad, finger clicking ancestors, ranging impressively from an eye-catching Marie Antoinette to a mini-skirted flight attendant, emerge dramatically from the creepy cobwebbed graveyard and we meet their kooky descendants – the Addams Family. But essentially, they are just a conventional, middle-class family, who happen to live in a haunted house in Central Park, wear mainly black and like relaxing in their torture chamber, emblazoned with the motifs ‘tickle’, ‘ouch’ and ‘agony’ – this latter facility particularly appreciated by the pre-pubescent Pugsley (a stripily moody portrayal by Jonathan Gowen).
The Lady of this unusual house, Morticia (a sleekly imperious portrayal by Melissa Wickens) is devoted to tango and to her Latin Lothario husband Gomez (played with moustachioed charm by Matt Adamson). But trouble is brewing as their punk rebellious daughter Wednesday (the delightfully defiant Kim Leyendeckers) falls for the sweet and sensible Lucas (the ingenuous Mark Read) from the ultra ‘respectable’ Beineke family.
There is a highly hilarious moment when the genteel, primrose clad Alice (the deceptively demure Marion Hancock) throws off this respectability in her unbridled table top number, much to the surprise, and delight, of her stolid husband Mal (born again hippy Pete Ashton).
The madcap plot unfolds irresistibly, interwoven with lavish production numbers (a slick choreography by Mickayla Lawrie) and super song an especially delightful ‘umbrella’ routine from the barking mad Uncle Fester (a deliciously eccentric performance from Tom Naylor) who is in love with the moon.
It is fun and fabulous entertainment – this marvellous mayhem is guaranteed to lift those October rain clouds!
The Shinfield Players Theatre perform ‘The Addams Family’ at 7.45pm on Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October. at their theatre on Whitley Wood Lane, Reading, RG2 9DF. Tickets can be bought online or by phone on 0118 975 8880.