For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf (Broadway)
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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf (Broadway)
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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(284 Reviews)
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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

Ntozake Shange's groundbreaking performance piece is reborn on Broadway. 

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Member Reviews (284)

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952 Reviews | 387 Followers
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Riveting, Great dancing, Majestic, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy dance & spoken word…both poetry and stories, mostly self reflective. A troupe of 7 women fill the stage with exquisite movement.

Don't see it if You want a plot or any linear storyline at all. They have a shared life perspective but each story is individual. Read more

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
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Entertaining, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like engaging stories, beautiful poetry, meaningful dance moves, lovely voices, brilliant projections & lighting and colorful costumes.

Don't see it if you seek a linear play as this is a series of vignettes in 90 minutes on experiences of 7 Black women where they overcome various struggles.

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
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Makes vital legendary 1970s feminist play; but it remains more a performance piece for a series of poems than an integrated dramatic vehicle

See it if using scathing/at times hilarious poetry & kinetic dance, shows struggle/pain in various stages of colored women’s lives

Don't see it if fragmented w 7 actresses, no single character to identify with; lacks narrative drive as each tells her individual story Read more

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
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Relevant, Great writing, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a show with great relevance and is told with intensity by talented actresses, supported by great writing and choreography.

Don't see it if you don't like talk of violence against women or you like a happy type of show. These women discuss their lives and it ain't pretty. Read more

612 Reviews | 125 Followers
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Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Show about girl empowering, with dancing and powerful stories. Funny at time.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a flashy show.

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447 Reviews | 86 Followers
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Important, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you’s enjoy a play that is a collection of scenes and character experiences rather than a straightforward narrative. Kenita R. Miller is A+.

Don't see it if you only like shows with a linear narrative.

384 Reviews | 231 Followers
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Passionate, Slow, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if interested in a non-traditional show that expresses itself often through poetry & dance. At times joyous, at times devastating. Great cast.

Don't see it if you want a linear plot & a through storyline. At times a little slow. Read more

392 Reviews | 204 Followers
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Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if American Classic that all should see.

Don't see it if If the struggles of African Americans make you uncomfortable then skip!

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
April 20th, 2022

"“For Colored Girls” is an assertion of the right to own all of the feelings and all of the colors of experience. It pulses and pulses with life, singing a Black girl’s song. And in Brown’s sublime and supple channeling, we hear Shange with exquisite clarity."
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Time Out New York
April 20th, 2022

"This version of 'for colored girls' truly does feel like a choreopoem, Shange’s term for her amalgamation of words, motion and music. (The percussive original score is by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby). The seven women on stage are barefoot, and their movement—which draws on African-American traditions including juba, stepping and social dance—feels organic, natural and triumphant."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 20th, 2022

"Not to get too mystical about it, but this impeccably performed, exquisitely choreographed revival manages the same for many of us out there in the dark. Dance, said Shange, allowed her to understand the planet the way “atomic particles experience space.” If that’s so, then atomic particles must love each other wildly. They must always be so grateful to see each other, whenever gravity — or a revival — draws them back into one another’s arms."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 20th, 2022

"The magic of Brown’s version of 'for colored girls' is that it fashions the choreopoem as an invitation. Even Lady in Red’s devastating monologue about escaping an abusive relationship blurs the boundary between audience and actor; with the background dark and a single spotlight illuminating the performer, it feels like the story is being told to you and you alone."
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Variety
April 20th, 2022

"Throughout the production, themes of visibility filter through every enunciated breath and rhythmic melody. With the ladies’ natural crowns beautified with box braids, locs and shaped afros, the impressive ensemble of seven performers seamlessly works in tandem to create a kaleidoscope of dazzling Black femininity, making it impossible to look away. Every woman here has a story, a complication or an awakening deserving of an ear. Or several."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 21st, 2022

"The vibrant new revival, directed and choreographed by Camille A. Brown, recaptures the show’s pioneering, even radical spirit; it remains a show that stands apart, even as explorations of black experience have proliferated in the theater in the years since."
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Deadline
April 20th, 2022

"Shange’s fantasia of poetry, dance and stories of confession, defiance, sisterhood and, above all, perseverance, holds a power that’s not been weakened either by decades or the loss of a once startling newness."
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New York Post
April 20th, 2022

"The play comes across, unfortunately, as an antiquated time machine that’s at odds with the current conversation. Being a glimpse into a specific, different era would be OK — plenty of revivals fit that bill — but “for colored girls” seems awfully intent on speaking forcefully to the present moment. A strong connection to today, however, is nowhere to be found."
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