Tyler Perry’s The Marriage Counselor had members of the near capacity audience in stitches and shouting the occasional “Amen” at an impressive first showing in the city last Tuesday night. Those who missed out have only until this Sunday, June 21 to personally experience what reviewers have called “insightful” and “touching” at limited engagements this side of the border. The show runs nightly.
Tyler Perry’s The Marriage Counselor explores the ups and downs of the enduring, sacred tradition through the lives of three couples. This, Perry’s 10th stage production, is a humorous look at adult relationships with a decidedly Christian message.
Judith Jackson, one of the main characters, is a complex role. The Ivy-league educated marriage counsellor fulfills her professional duties as a balanced referee for couples in crisis at her office. But when temptation in the form of an old flame walks back into her life, audiences witness her flawed – but ultimately human – nature.
On the other hand, Roger, Judith’s husband, is the typical “good man”, even though he may not be the best listener. A professional accountant, Roger spends a lot of his time acting as a buffer for feuding in-laws who ended up in the same home due to Hurricane Katrina.
Palmer E. Williams Jr., from the sitcom “House of Payne”, leads the cast of accomplished actors as audience favourite with his impeccable comedic timing and energy. The cast as a whole exudes talent and brings a wealth of experience to the stage. The group includes a former member of Girls Tyme (a pre-Destiny’s Child group with Beyoncé), a couple Grammy nominees, and singers and songwriters who’ve worked with music industry luminaries like Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Prince, Stevie Wonder and The Isley Brothers.
Tickets for Tyler Perry’s The Marriage Counselor are available at the Elgin Theatre box office at 189 Yonge St., or by phone at 416-872-5555. Tickets can also be purchased through www.ticketmaster.ca.