It’s the stuff that dreams are made of: After love comes marriage, followed by beautiful, well-behaved offspring and, of course, the proverbial white picket fence.
But life, as they say, is not a bed of roses.
Luckily, the ups and downs of life, love and marriage are perfect fodder for playwright, Tyler Perry, and his unique brand of inspirational entertainment that has earned him a loyal fan base.
This month, from June 16 – 21, Toronto audiences will have the opportunity to experience one of Perry’s plays first-hand, with Tyler Perry’s The Marriage Counselor at the Elgin Theatre.
Described as a “reflection of everyday living in today’s society”, the play follows an Ivy-League-educated marriage counselor, Judith, and her earnest husband, Roger, as they grapple with married life. Judith spends most of her days offering advice to couples in crisis, but finds herself in need of guidance when an old high school sweetheart re-appears. Roger, an accountant by day, assumes the role of peacekeeper between his eccentric father and staunchly religious mother-in-law who live in the same house. Even with all of the struggles and challenges, hope and humour reign supreme, interwoven between clever dialogue and song.
Known to audiences internationally as one of the most successful contemporary African-American playwrights, Perry has managed to transform his name into a well-respected brand by steadily building his empire of Black entertainment. Perry’s work spans television, film and print in addition to theatre, where he began his artistic journey.
Already with nine successful stage productions, two television shows and five hit movies – including his first feature film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which debuted at #1 across the U.S. – Perry boasts an impressive repertoire rooted in Christian values and representative of his strong relationship with the church.