Theater Review: ‘For Colored Girls’ Revival Shows Multi-Colored Power Of Women’s Voices
The joyous revival of Ntozake Shange’s icon choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When The Rainbow Is Enuf has returned to the Booth Theatre, where it was originally performed in 1976, then just the second production ever on Broadway by a black female writer. The new show, which originally played at the Public Theater, benefits from an expansive reinterpretation by director Camille A. Brown. The energetic production highlights the stories of seven black women, named for the colors of the rainbow, who have suffered at the hands of fate – rape, abuse, injustice – delivering powerful monologues interspersed with beautiful songs and dances. But what the audience comes away with is not a tale of woe and suffering, but one of collective strength and power that’s a bracing message at this particular moment.
For Colored Girls is playing at the Booth Theater until May 22. Get your tickets now!
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