But Perry was originally a playwright. He can sell out huge venues with one of his plays, and his latest, The Marriage Counselor, came through Boston.
Jenna Scherer of the Herald went to see it at the CitiCenter, she was not impressed:
In the end, Perry leaves Judith, the character we were supposed to identify with, out in the cold. For a guy who’s made his fortune playing a woman (wisecracking old lady Madea), Perry doesn’t give the female sex much credit. “The Marriage Counselor’s” supposedly intelligent heroine is weak in the face of male dominance, and it’s implied that her Ph.D.s amount to nothing if she doesn’t hug the Bible. Don’t even get me started on the play’s lighthearted jokes about domestic abuse.
With some notable exceptions, the African-American experience is woefully unrepresented on the modern stage. It’s a shame Perry is its main ambassador. His work appeals to the lowest common denominator - and his audience deserves better.