Madea's Big Happy Family: The Play
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Shirley has important news for her family, but she has five grown children with different lifestyles and finds it difficult to get them and the kids all together. So in steps Madea, the Matriarch General, to put the family's life in perspective with a hilarious twist on financial difficulties, drugs and, most important, family secrets. The next generation has a lot to learn. In her own way, Madea expresses how deliverance won’t change you to be someone else, but will allow you to be who you really are. Ain’t nothing like family!
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Stock characters/ lazzi/ slap stick... It's all there.
The only bad thing is some of the funnier ad lib stuff was edited out of the DVD, which is why it's better if you can see these plays in person. For example, at the beginning of the play there were some people still walking in to their seats and Madea pretended to be mad, got out her gun, walked off the stage onto a little platform type thing, and said "Here I am trying to do a play and here ya'll are comin in late!" Then when she sat back down she saw a little kid in the front row and said, "You didn't see that, little boy. You ain't supposed to have a gun!" Everybody cracked up.
The stage looked really cool in person because it looked like a two story doll house with an upper level that had the bedrooms, with the living room & kitchen downstairs. I don't know if the DVD really captured that since the camera usually focused on one room at a time.
Also on the DVD player I was watching it on, the sound was kind of muted, especially the audience laughter and reactions. Not sure if it was just the smaller portable player I was watching it on, maybe it would sound different on a nicer DVD player with a bigger TV.
I actually liked the monologue near the end, but maybe the version I saw was better than the one that got put on the DVD. (I think they did 3 or 4 plays in Atlanta & filmed at least a couple of them if not all, so I'm sure parts were probably edited together from the different shows.)
Giving it 4 stars because watching the DVD didn't seem quite as fun, even though I really loved it when I saw it in person.