Tyler Perry loves a good marriage – one upon which he can wield his wit and whose little peculiarities he can showcase in his own characteristically compassionate way.
The Marriage Counselor is no exception and comprises yet another example of this prolific playwright’s unique brand of inspirational entertainment – which has earned him a widespread and loyal fan base.
This month – from June 16 – 21, Toronto audiences will have the satisfying opportunity of experiencing one of Tyler Perry’s plays ‘up close and personal’, as The Marriage Counselor plays the Elgin Theatre.
Described as a “reflection of everyday living in today’s society”, the play chronicles the relationship of an Ivy-League-educated marriage counselor and her earnest husband, Roger, as they come to grips with their own ‘wedded bliss’.
Judith spends most of her time offering advice to couples in crisis but finds herself in need of guidance when an old childhood sweetheart re-enters her life. 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 the struggles and challenges encountered by all, hope and humour, nevertheless, reign supreme, helped along by clever dialogue and song – a Tyler Perry trademark.
Regarded, by international critics and audiences alike, as one of today’s most successful African-American playwrights, Perry has transformed his name into a highly-respected brand, simply by building his body of work into an empire of Black entertainment: His work spans the realms of television, film and print – as well as theatre, where he began his now-epic artistic journey.
Counting among his blessings, nine successful stage productions, five hit movies – including his first feature film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which debuted at #1 across the U.S. – and two television shows, Perry’s impressive repertoire is imbued with characteristic Christian values, representing his strong relationship with the church.