What's Done in the Dark

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What's Done in the Dark
Written byTyler Perry

What's Done in the Dark is a play written and directed by American playwright Tyler Perry. The show first opened in September 2006. The play is a mixture of comedy, drama, and music, set in a hospital emergency room, and focuses on two nurses, one of whom is a single mother and the other of whom is having an affair with a doctor, and an eccentric hypochondriac patient who is in fact, Mr. Brown. The DVD was released on February 12, 2008.


Mr. Brown faints right before he and Cora are to fly to Memphis for a televised revival and she rushes him to the emergency room, where a bunch of patients' and doctors' secrets come to light. Brenda, a new admissions clerk at the hospital, is struggling to take care of her son Calvin as a single parent; then Calvin gets shot while trying to hustle money on the streets. Kerry, the head nurse, discovers that the doctor she thought she was going to marry already has a wife and baby-on-the-way...and expects to keep seeing Kerry on the side. Mr. and Mrs. Lovett discover that one gave the other an STD. Trudy, a psychotic nurse, has a crush on Dr. Harris—who figures out that Mr. Brown was faking his illness the whole time!

Musical numbers[edit]

  1. "What's Done in the Dark" – Nancy
  2. "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" – Paul
  3. "Struggle No More" – Calvin Jr.
  4. "Jehovah Jireh" – Brenda
  5. "Church Medley" –
    1. "I Gotta Go Through" - Brenda
    2. "I Know It Was the Blood" – Nancy
    3. "I'm on the Battlefield" – Brown
    4. "Trouble in My Way" – Cora
    5. "Jesus Will Fix It" – Cora
  6. "Step Aside" – Cora
  7. "Remember Your Vows" – Nancy
  8. "If Only You Knew" – Trudy

Original Cast[edit]

  • David Mann as Mr. Brown
  • Tamela Mann as Cora
  • Chandra Currelley as Brenda
  • Ahmad Jamal McGhee as Calvin Rhodes Jr.
  • Shawna Vinson as Nurse Kerry Johnson
  • Cassi Davis as Nurse Nancy Williams
  • D'Atra Hicks as Nurse Trudy
  • Chantell D. Christopher as Mrs. Bowman
  • Terrell Carter as Dr. Paul Bowman
  • Dino Hanson as Calvin Rhodes Sr.
  • Allen Payne as Dr. Harris
  • Ryan Gentles as Nick Lovett
  • Matisha Baldwin as Angela Lovett


  • Tamela Mann, David Mann, Chandra Currelley, D'Atra Hicks, Cassi Davis, Terrell Carter, Chantell D. Christopher and Demetria McKinney have starred in several Tyler Perry productions, films, and television series.
  • Christian Keyes & Ryan Gentles notably starred as Sonny and Nate, respectively, in Madea Goes to Jail.
  • Latrice Pace was apart of the most well-known cast of I Know I've Been Changed.
  • Ahmad Jamal McGhee was apart of the cast of Madea's Class Reunion.
  • On the DVD recording & the latter majority of the tour, the roles of Nurse Nancy, Dr. Harris, and Nurse Kerry were portrayed by Latrice Pace, Christian Keyes, and Shawna Vinson, respectively. Cassi Davis, Allen Payne, and Demetria McKinney all left the show in 2006 for House of Payne.
  • Brenda & Calvin's storyline was later adapted as the main focus of the film version of Meet the Browns, starring Angela Bassett, and Lance Gross as Michael Rhodes Jr.