The latest play from Tyler Perry, "The Haves and the Have Nots," is another romp through the melodrama of African-American life. The proverbial Joneses are preoccupied with their superficial priorities, until they have to take a look at life on the other side of the tracks. Powerhouse songs and slapstick comedy round out things.
Why go: Perry has found a formula that works (for those who enjoy his stories), and this show is no different.
Reconsider: Wait for the movie, in which Perry's plays receive better production quality and casting.
Details: Thursday through Nov. 13 at Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive; $28-$49.50; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com