Tyler Perry is touring the world with his latest stage play with the above title. This play depicts the life of a successful woman, Anita, and her tribulations while looking for love and dealing with hurt and heartbreak. With stars like Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley (as Anita) and Patrice Lovely (as Momma Hattie), expect loads of drama, exceptional singing, and genuine laughter.
This play has received mixed reviews. I enjoyed myself as always, but I can honestly say it wasn't one of Perry's best work. It started off slow as Anita painted a vivid picture of her loveless life. The story began to liven when she introduced the audience to her best friend, Jasmine, played by Monica Blaire; however, that was not enough to distract the audience from the monotonous story line. Jasmine was very loud and obnoxious, hilarious, and reminded me of Mr. Brown. She confused words like "disinfecting" with "disrespecting" as she told Anita, "I'm tired of your grandmother disinfecting me!" With her personable personality, Jasmine, in my opinion, made the show. She was genuinely funny and had nothing but the best intentions for her best friend. She won the audience over as she danced, sang, spoke the truth and made references to Richmond neighborhoods like Guilpin Court. Not to mention, Blaire has an amazing voice and is definitely someone to look out for!
Momma Hattie's ad-libbing and wise cracks also provided enough comedic relief to blind the audience from the declining story line. She has a natural ability to connect with the audience and make you laugh at any situation! Then, the climax occurred. Of course I'm not going to tell you what happened but the play changed direction and I was engaged. Hattie delivered several messages, one of which: People aren't always what they seem. She also delivered an impeccable rendition of "A Woman Scorned," which compelled the audience to sympathize with Anita's situation. We all became women scorned and needed to stand up and fight for ourselves. Hattie offered words of wisdom only a woman of her experience and caliber could.
When Anita decided to take her life back, I just knew we would see her deliver the hell a woman scorned should. However, I was highly disappointed when Anita's actions failed to live up to the play's title. She did not reap havoc nor bring hell on earth. This play would have been more appropriately titled, "Hell Does Not Describe This Scorned Woman."
To find out more information on this play, visit www.tylerperry.com. To find out if this production will be coming to a theater near you, visit www.ticketmaster.com. If you get the chance to witness this performance, comment back and let me know how it was for you!
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