For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf
East Village
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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(95 Reviews)
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93%
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Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

About the Show

Filled with passion, humor, and raw honesty, playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s form-changing choreopoem tells the stories of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. 

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Slow, Intense, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy shows with strong female characters and heavy themes. Great performances from the whole cast.

Don't see it if Told through a series of monologues, some poetic language. If you have a hard time following you may want to watch the movie beforehand.

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Absorbing, Slow, Glorious, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to be carried away by seven absorbing paths on a journey that at times is joyous while other times heartbreaking. Intriguing.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play with a linear plot. This is more of an emotional journey than a straight forward story. Read more

Critic Reviews (14)

October 22nd, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK "Ntozake Shange’s Women Endure: The director Leah C. Gardiner delivers a warm and inspiriting revival of the landmark poetic drama, with a gloriously interdependent cast."
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October 22nd, 2019

4/5 Stars "The incantation begins with Ntozake Shange's singular text, first performed at the Public in 1976 and described as a 'choreopoem' by its creator. Shange's ingenious fusion of language, music and movement conjures one soul-stirring revelation after the next."
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October 22nd, 2019

"43 Years on, 'for colored girls…' Comes Alive at the Public Again"
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October 31st, 2019

"Choreopoetry in Motion Ntozake Shange’s work about seven young women of color who reflect on their lives and problematic prospects gets a revival at the Public."
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October 22nd, 2019

"Ntozake Shange's 'For Colored Girls...' Is Still a Tragic, Joyous, Metaphysical Dilemma: The 40-year-old poetic play returns to its early home at the Public Theater under the direction of Leah C. Gardiner."
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October 28th, 2019

"Ntozake Shange's Groundbreaking 'FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF' Returns To The Public"
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October 22nd, 2019

"The writing is defiant, angry, introspective, amused, sensual -- a passionate cascade of images and ideas from black women who, in 1976, were not typically invited downstage center, and who, in 2019, are still underrepresented."
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October 22nd, 2019

5/5 Stars "When 'For Colored Girls' opened at the Public Theater in June 1976, it was shocking, disturbing, disheartening, reassuring, life-giving, and an indisputable theatrical event. After 43 years it remains everything it was then, perhaps even more so."
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October 22nd, 2019

4/5 Stars "Many of Shange's pieces are still eerily, achingly familiar. Sighs of understanding ripple through the theater."
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October 28th, 2019

"A sui generis achievement that satisfies more as a theatrical experience than as dramatic literature. Its characters…are more the expression of feelings and experiences than actual people."
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October 23rd, 2019

"Director Leah C. Gardiner has crafted a production nourished by the affection shown and attention paid across this rainbowed community."
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November 7th, 2019

"It hits home the wide-reaching ideas of pride and pain, joy and frustration, all brought to the forefront by a group of amazingly talented women all in the service of an iconic play...It feels hard to imagine and difficult to take in as a piece of theatrical history, as it feels so organic and current of our time and situation."
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October 30th, 2019

"Under Leah C. Gardiner's sagacious direction, the members of the cast perform Camille A. Brown's choreography en troupe and en solo and serve as part of an eerie chorus as well as immersing the audience in an engaging solo spoken word performance...'For Colored Girls' is in its third extension: see it before it closes."
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October 22nd, 2019

"Groundbreaking…unique…If the poetic language may sometimes be too dense and quick for full comprehension, the rhythm always gets you through. a few evident updates…But, unlike other works from the consciousness-raising 1970s, feels as if it could have been put together today."
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