Husband (Michael Beach) and wife (Cindy Herron-Braggs, formerly of En Vogue) both work hard to provide for their family, yet they struggle to pay the bills. And the stress becomes worse when Mr. Jordan loses his job. But then there's a call from a radio station, and the Jordan family's financial situation is changed.
I saw the name Michael Beach (Third Watch, First Sunday, Ruby Bridges, Soul Food, ER) and decided to watch this play. I didn't realize Mishon Ratliff (R&B singer, dancer, actor) was cast as the teenage son; when he came onto the stage, I became even more interested. I remember Mishon from Lincoln Heights, a show that aired on ABC Family and, in my opinion, shouldn't have been cancelled. He is a talented young man and his presence is what made this play so entertaining for me.
After what Mrs. Jordan said to her husband because she was tired of having so little (I felt for Mr. Jordan at that moment), I thought she'd be more responsible when the money came. Actually, I thought they'd all have better sense than to make so many bad choices, and I kept wondering how they could be so wasteful, but the play is called `A Fool and His Money' - Jesus warned us to beware of selfishness and greed (Luke 12:15). Barely scraping by had affected Mr. and Mrs. Jordan's marriage and their son's education, but I guess they forgot all about that when dollars signs were all they could see. They needed to change their mindsets, and then they would have dealt with the million dollars wisely.
David E. Talbert shows how family members can allow money to tear them apart. He also shows how you never know who you're going to need: The family didn't like it when a long lost uncle (Eddie Griffin) showed up unexpectedly, but it turned out they were blessed to have him there. And he shows how some females will settle for less than they want in a man. There is also an important message of forgiveness in this well-acted stage play.
A Fool and His Money is a musical comedy-drama. I liked the singing, the humor (my favorite part is when Mr. Jordan had his son get out the Bible), and the ending.
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