Marriage is a beautiful commitment if both parties are willing to give their all and of course, compromise. Compatibility or being “equally yoked” is an essential component. Oh how I, Shanessa Linette Fenner, long to be married one day to my African-American king.  To get married and live happily ever after is the dream for some women.   
    Tyler Perry’s current stage production The Marriage Counselor from Oct. 24-26.  Show times are Oct. 24 at 8 p.m., Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. His tenth production profiles relationships, tells how in the end love conquers all and is a reflection of everyday living in today’s society.      
  
{mosimage} Palmer Williams Jr. plays the character Floyd in the production as well as the character Floyd the barber in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.  “Floyd is a character who is the father of one of the main characters,” said Williams. “I lost my house due to Hurricane Katrina and now living in my son’s house.” Williams added that his son is an accountant and taking care of the whole family.           
   The plot entails Roger Jackson, a hard working good man, who is an accountant. He takes care of his wife, Judith; his pop, Floyd; and his wife’s mom, TT.  Floyd and TT do not get along.  Judith is a professional Ivy League educated marriage counselor who gives marital advice everyday but cannot get her own marriage together.  
    The scene switches to the married couples seeking advice.  Dr. Jackson has the answer for everyone but a turn of events causes the marriage counselor to need some advice once a college friend drops by the office. “As the play unfolds the audience will see that even though Judith is a marriage counselor, she is still distracted just as other couples become,” said Williams. “There’s counseling going on, distractions from the past and other situations.”     
     Tyler Perry, the writer-director-producer-actor-composer-playwright, opened Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta in September 2007 which is one of the first movie studios in this country owned by an African-American. Perry was inspired by Oprah Winfrey to channel his creativity and talents through writing. He has had nine successful stage productions, two collaborations, five hit movies and one hit TV sitcom since 1997.  Some of his movies and plays include Daddy’s Little Girls, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Why Did I Get Married, Madea’s Family Reunion, Madea Goes to Jail, Meet the Browns and more.  His current movie, The Family That Preys, is a must see and the title evokes a message that when “prey” turns to “pray,” good things are likely to happen.          
    “I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this production,” said Williams. “It is a play that everyone can relate to.”   
    For more information or ticket information call 438-4100 or visit  www.tylerperry.com”   

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