A mechanic (Elba) enlists the help of a successful-but-lonely attorney (Union) while trying to wrest custody of his three daughters from his treacherous ex-wife and her larcenous boy friend... See full summary »
Tracee Ellis Ross
Mable "Madea" Simmons:
[imitating what bible says]
Hold your peace, and let the Lord fight your battles. Hold your peace, and let the Lord fight your battles.
[lifts up gun]
Mable "Madea" Simmons:
Hold your "piece" and let the Lord fight your battles.
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First of all, I know my titles are lame. Leave me alone. Now on to the review: This was Tyler Perry's second stage play with the gun-toting granny, Mable "Madea" Simmons. This play is different from some the other early plays Tyler Perry released at the time as far as the structure of the play. It has one consecutive story line, it focuses on one person, and even the production style of the video of this play is different.
This play is great! The story for this play is great, and you really feel the pain and the drama Helena is going through. I enjoy watching the journey Helena goes on. She goes from a loving housewife to an almost psycho, mad woman who wants revenge for all of the crap she's taken from him in the past 20 years. Not only do you see the journey she traveled to take her through a character change, you also find yourself siding with her. Charles is so despicably cruel to her, you're sort of glad to see him reap the same treatment he gave to Helena. I think it's also fascinating that the story is not solely about her falling in love, but more so her finding her way to forgiveness. She is able to forgive Charles and forgive herself.
The message is great. The story is brilliant. The characters are real and likable. And one thing I didn't mention in my review for "I Can Do Bad All By Myself: The Play" is that Tyler Perry's sense of humor is great. I admire how he is able to find comedy in any situation. This is one of the reasons people love Madea, because they know that they'll get through tearful situations with laughter. Her Bible story and sermon here is hilarious! Daddy Charles, the other character Tyler Perry portrays in this play, is also very funny! Although, I will admit that some of the comedic moments seem like filer. If I had to chose one thing to give some criticism in this play, it would have to be that. Take, for example, the seen where Daddy Charles is playing cards with his friends. It's funny, it's very funny, but why is it here? It really doesn't need to be here; it interrupts the story and doesn't contribute anything to our main characters. Granted we need this type of light-hearted humor for a story this heavy, but I think it could have been structured better than it was. However, this is a nit-pick. "Diary of a Mad Black Woman: The Play" is definitely worth your time and money. Give a watch...before you see the movie. BOOYIKA!
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