After "Madea's Big Happy Family: The Play," I was hoping to see another totally awesome play. So, would I love this like "Madea's Big Happy Family: The Play," or would I be underwhelmed like "Madea's Big Happy Family: The Movie?"...Underwhelmed. I will say that I watched it again this past Christmas season and it was better than I originally remember it being, but it still doesn't live up to Tyler Perry's greater work.
When a good joke arrives, it's really funny. The morals are pretty good. The spirituality is really good, and there's a really good song called "Who's It Gonna Be?" So what's wrong with the play? Well, unfortunately, there's a lot. The characters aren't really all that interesting. The family is OK, but they don't scream interesting. That is, I'm not as invested in them like I would be in another production. As I look at them I think to myself, "You're rich. Yay." But they're not as bad as Madea's family or Hattie. These people are annoying. Even Madea is sort of annoying here! Yes, one of my favorite popular characters is a little annoying here! She has some good moments, but when she first appears, you want the play to hurry up and get to the next part. There are some bad jokes here that don't really work, and when they don't you want the play to end that much sooner.
Finally, there's a really annoying song here where the father sings these nursery rhymes...Yeah, I won't tell you why he does it so as not to ruin too much. I get why he does it, and I like the meaning behind it. But for what the song is, it's pretty lame. But the play makes up for it by giving us "Who's It Gonna Be?" Like I said, the play isn't really that bad. When I watched it for the first time I said, "Wow! That sucked!" When I watched it again later I thought, "That actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was." Again, there are a lot of good moments, like when Bam, Hattie, and Margaret are singing about God to Lilian. There are good moments and scenes, but, sadly, this play doesn't meet the likability or excellence that "Madea's Big Happy Family: The Play" has. I don't care about the characters, the plots, or half of the jokes. If you and I share the same taste, you can give this play a skip, I say with a tear in my eye. BOOYIKA!