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Admit it: You are a triflin’ fool, and you need a little straight-talkin’ tough love to get yourself sorted out. So drape your ass in something presentable, step downtown, and prepare to pee yourself laughin’: In Madea’s Class Reunion, gospel-circuit star Tyler Perry has resurrected the world’s craziest damn senior citizen and set her on a collision course with strayin’ wives, drug-dealin’ husbands, and uptight, weave-wearin’ buppies who ain’t showing proper respect to their elders. And if you’ve ever met Perry’s “gun-toting, boulder-bosomed grandmother,” you’ll know the clash ain’t gonna be pretty. As usual (see Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea’s Family Reunion), the plot’s pretty thin and the preaching occasionally feels a little sanctimonious. But those overamplified gospel shouts showcase some powerhouse voices, and the trash-talkin’, pot-smokin’ Madea keeps the house hollerin’ all night long. She takes down Whitney, Jacko, and your own ignorant self at 8 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. $37.50. (202) 432-7328. (Trey Graham)