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Laugh to Keep from Crying (2011)

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A play that focuses on a diverse group of tenants living in an inner-city apartment building struggling with family, job, and money issues. Withstanding all, the neighborhood comes together in hopes of finding a better life.

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This Story is about residents living in a inner place apartment building. There are a new couple called Anna and her husband moves in but they think they won't like what is coming to you. there are other problems. Lisa has a big problem with her mother about the absence of her father. her mother don't want to answer the question. In the middle, Lisa tries to run away but gets caught by her mother and they get into a big argument leading to Lisa getting kicked out by her mother. one day, Nicey walks by and she says she is ready to be a prostitute. will this means that Lisa is going to change and live on the streets! Written by Dwayne Wardell

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30 August 2011 (USA)  »

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Appreciated the comic relief even in dark circumstances
28 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you've seen any of Tyler Perry's other plays, you've seen this one before. Nothing about the plot will surprise you, but I like the play anyway. Actually I prefer all of his plays over the movies because his plays are character driven. The cast was great, but the standout roles to me were Palmer Williams Jr. as the crazy landlord; the two white tenants played by Wess Morgan and Stephanie Ferrett; and the son played by Donny Sykes. I'd definitely like to see them in more of his work although we already see Palmer on "House of Payne" acting crazy as ever there, too. But Donny Sykes is funnier and I like it when the two of them have scenes together. The play is about a bunch of tenants living in the hood who are trying to deal with the pitfalls of prostitution, violence and unemployment. But what I like about Tyler Perry's play is that it shows that through all of these trials and tribulations, the tenants still manage to find a lighter side and have some fun, as any hood would. I definitely could've done without all the singing. I wasn't into any of the songs (although I usually like musicals) but since I wasn't impressed by the songs it just seemed like overkill.


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