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Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday To-Do: 'for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 9:37 AM

‘FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF'
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.

An Obie award-winning stage play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” takes the form or a “choreopoem,” a series of 20 prose poems that touch on abortion, domestic abuse and love. Written by Ntozake Shange, the play first debuted outside of a women's bar in 1975 in Berkeley, but quickly made it to New York, first off Broadway and, then, in 1976, on Broad-way. Writing in the New Yorker, theater critic Hilton Als said that “... all sorts of people who might never have set foot in a Broadway house — black nationalists, feminist separatists — came to experience Shange's firebomb of a poem. ... [T]he disenfranchised heard a voice they could recognize, one that combined the trickster spirit of Richard Pryor with a kind of mournful blues.” Directed by Felicia Richardson, the play runs through Saturday.

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