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The moment the six-foot-tall, chain-smoking, gun-toting grandmother Madea walks on stage, it's clear that her creator, Tyler Perry, is a man who knows and appreciates his audience. Perry is the writer/director/star of the surprise hitDiary of a Mad Black Woman; like that movie, the stage playI Can Do Bad All By Myselfmixes melodrama, gospel music, and freewheeling improvisational comedy--all the more loose and rambunctious because it was recorded live. InI Can Do Bad All By Myself, Madea's two granddaughters grapple with man trouble: One sister is now engaged to the other's husband, while the other resists the attentions of an ex-con with good intentions. While this angst unfolds, the heavy emotions are punctuated by rousing gospel singing and Madea's barbed, heretical wit. There's nothing sophisticated or subtle here; Perry wants to give his audience a good laugh, wring a tear from their eyes, and send them home with renewed faith in the Lord.Diary of a Mad Black Womanmay have made Perry a nationally-recognized name, but watching him live on stage makes it clear he was a star long before the movie came out--the rapport he has with the crowd is palpable.--Bret Fetzer
Entertaining Play With A Message. I found this play quite entertaining. The 'old school' values that Madea offered were attractively packaged in her wit and contagious humor. I gave it 4 stars though because at times, the dialogue at the beginning was too fast, and I lost some of it. I also found that parts of the play were too long-winded; it seemed to lose momentum. Generally speaking though, a good, worthwhile performance.
The funniest play he wrote yet! I love to watch the Madea plays they are so funny but yet still send out a message to people. This play was funny all the way. My favorite line off the whole play was "Hello can I speak to Scooby Doo". This was a great play. Tyler Perry doin the thing. They should make a movie off of this play, hopefully they will.EXCELLENT PLAY THIS PLAY IS THE BEST. I LOVE IT. I KNEW THAT IT WOULD BE FUNNY BECUASE TYLER PERRY IS JUST AN FUNNY GUY. I LOVE ALL OF HIS PLAYS. THIS PLAY IS ONE OF THE BEST. ALL OF HIS PLAYS ARE THE BEST BUT THIS ONE IS THE FUNNIEST. MADEA IS A TRIP IN THIS ONE. I NEVER SEEN THIS UNTILL RECENTLY. I'VE SEEN ALL OF HIS OTHERS ONE AND THEY WERE OFF THE CHAIN AND THIS IS JUST GREAT