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Fri., Aug. 8, 2014, 1:50 p.m.

CST Welcomes ‘Addams Family’

Christine Riippi,left, as Morticia and Steve Czarnecki, as Gomez, rehearse a scene at The Kroc Center on Tuesday for Coeur d'Alene Summer Theater's production of "The Addams Family." (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

On the surface, the members of the Addams family are monsters. They live in a haunted, cobwebbed mansion. They sleep in coffins. Their hobbies require the implementation of arcane torture devices. Their butler looks like a Dr. Frankenstein creation, and the patriarch’s childhood friend is a disembodied hand with a mind of its own. But if you look a little closer, you realize that the Addamses, despite their gothic predilections, aren’t too far removed from the straight-laced Cleaver family of “Leave It to Beaver.” Perhaps that off-kilter marriage of the mundane and the grotesque is the key to the lasting appeal of the characters, which were created by artist Charles Addams for a long-running comic series and later spun off in an endlessly re-run ’60s TV show, a short-lived Saturday morning cartoon and a couple of big-budget film adaptations in the ’90s/Nathan Weinbender, SR. More here.

Don Sausser mini-review via Facebook: "CDA Summer Theater production of 'The Adams Family' was outstanding tonight (Friday) at the Kroc. Good stuff, plan to see it!"

Question: If you were a member of the Addams Family, which one would you be?


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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