published Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Scheming man finds 'Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned' - Feb. 4

Anita Lincoln, portrayed by Cheryl Riley, left, chats with Aunt Hattie, played by Patrice Lovely, in Tyler Perry’s “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned.”
Anita Lincoln, portrayed by Cheryl Riley, left, chats with Aunt Hattie, played by Patrice Lovely, in Tyler Perry’s “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned.”
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

* What: Tyler Perry's "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned."

* When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.

* Where: Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave.

* Admission: $43-$48 (plus fees).

* Phone: 423-642-8497.

* Website: chattanoogaonstage.com.

Anita Lincoln has it all -- the job, the money, the friends -- but she really wants a loving man in her life.

She wants it in spite of the hurt she feels from a failed relationship years before.

What happens when Anita meets the man of her dreams, though, is another thing entirely and is the crux of a new Tyler Perry stage play, "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned," which will be offered at Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The play has been referred to as a comedy and drama with music.

Perry is an Atlanta-based playwright, actor, director, producer, author and songwriter who is perhaps best known for the Madea character he has played in drag in eight movies.

Over the years, several of his stage plays have made tour stops in Chattanooga.

The cast for "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scored," which was written, directed and produced by Perry, stars Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley in the lead role, along with Patrice Lovely, Ray Lavender, Monica Blaire, Zebulon Ellis, Muhammad Ayers, Mona-Candice Pye and Larry-Olrick Johnson.

Riley has had roles in multiple shows by the multifaceted playwright, and Lovely stars in the Perry-created television series "Love Thy Neighbor" on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The rest of the cast members are new to Perry plays, according to promoters.

As it unfolds, Anita has given her sister, Mona, the wedding she always dreamed of and makes sure of the health and welfare of other family members, especially her Aunt Hattie. But, despite her denials, she longs for love herself and allows her best friend and work associate, Jasmine, to talk her into Internet dating.

When she meets Randy, she believes he may be Mr. Right. He is charming, loving and supposedly well off. He treats her like a queen. On a trip to Las Vegas, he convinces her to marry him. Once that decision is made, though, he becomes another person, and, along with Jasmine's reservations about him, she gradually becomes aware she has read this book before.

In time, Randy will understand the paraphrased line from the 17th-century tragedy "The Mourning Bride" by William Congreve that "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" as Anita takes her life back.

Contact staff writer Clint Cooper at ccooper@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6497. Subscribe to his posts online at Facebook.com/ClintCooperCTFP.

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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