In a few years, Tyler Perry has become a powerful presence in popular culture with a barrage of movies and television shows, such as Diary of a Mad Black Woman and House of Payne. But before his successes in the film industry, Perry crafted for the stage plays and musicals that address the struggles of the modern family. Perry’s musical dramedy The Haves and Have Nots follows the story of a maid, the sole provider for her family, who is forced to ask her wealthy employers for help paying her mortgage. The decision leaves the two families inexorably linked, gives both families a view of how the other half lives and shows that prosperity doesn’t necessarily make for strong family ties. The show runs Friday through Sunday at the Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie. Tickets are $42.50. Friday’s show begins at 8 p.m. Call 888-929-7849 or visit verizontheatre.com for information.
Fri., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 14, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 15, 3 & 7:30 p.m., 2012