China was a different story. There, monitors were posted on either side of the stage to provide a translation for the audience.
"They totally got it," she said. "But sometimes the subtitles were running a little fast, and they'd react before we got to the punchline. Other times, it dragged, and we'd have to wait a minute, maybe a beat, before they got the joke."
Shows in both countries were hits, even though "The Addams Family" is a very Western piece of pop culture.
"The comedy, the themes about family -- normal and abnormal -- are very broad," Bruton said. "Everybody can relate to it."
It's hard to say how long the show will go on. "The Addams Family" website lists dates well into spring. Eventually, and Bruton said she's not in a hurry, she'd like to get back to New York for a while and find work a little closer to home.
Right now, though, she's content to keep playing Grandma Addams. She said she's in good company.
"The cast and crew, we've become a real family," she said.
Over the course of the past year, Bruton said, they've celebrated milestones together: 100 shows, then 200 and, soon, they'll reach 300 shows performed.
There's a lot of pride in that.
"And we get cake," she said. "Who doesn't love cake?"
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.
'The Addams Family'
Presented by Broadway in Charleston
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: The Clay Center
TICKETS: $43 and $64
INFO: Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.the claycenter.org