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. More…
From the show:
A groundbreaking work in modern American theater, FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, returns to The Public for the first time since it premiered in 1976, before its breakthrough run on Broadway.
Filled with passion, humor, and raw honesty, legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s form-changing choreopoem tells the stories of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. With unflinching honesty and emotion, each woman voices her survival story of having to exist in a world shaped by sexism and racism.
Obie Award winner Leah C. Gardiner (Born Bad, generations, If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka) directs this seminal work that speaks to our world today about women’s struggles, strength, desires, resilience, and the sanctified magic of love and possibility.
See it if you’d like to see an adequate production of a mid-1970s theater milestone.
Don't see it if you are expecting that this classic poetic dance-play about race & gender would feel relevant in the age of Black Lives Matter & #MeToo.
See it if you can get a ticket. Wow! Overall effect is dazzling. Whole is greater than sum of parts. So much talent! Insightful, enlightening. Moving.
Don't see it if you require every moment to be engaging;some slow parts. Deaf actor hard to understnd. Joy & woe of being black woman. Unique theater piece
See it if Touching, relevant and well created. Great performances and beautiful staging. Poignant.
Don't see it if You prefer stories rather than vignettes. some of the vignettes can be somewhat confusing especially for the poetry novice.
See it if 7 women of color relay their stories of pain, abuse, sexism & racism via different art forms -dance, music, song, poetry; good performances
Don't see it if you're not interested in survival stories or plays without specific plots; at times engrossing other times slow; the stories are painful
See it if you can avoid sitting on the stage where we missed much of what was being said or sung. Got the gist & felt it important to be seen
Don't see it if You have to sit on the stage or are not interested in the tough lives of Black women.
See it if You want to see vignettes/monologues about the struggles of non-white women. Or a show that is inclusive of a deaf actress.
Don't see it if You're expecting a single narrative throughout.
See it if you are open-minded and are interested in hearing stories about black women, even if they are tough.
Don't see it if you demand a traditional, narrative-driven story. There is a lot of story, but it is not all one
See it if you want to see seven talented women sing, dance and tell stories with both fierceness and vulnerability. The costumes and music were nice.
Don't see it if You expect linear; this is a collage of stories & songs w/dances that sometimes didn't work. Uneven. I got bored. Stories varied in quality.
See it if Poetry set to music and dance as told by multiple women performers about what it is like to be a black woman in America.
Don't see it if Created in the seventies some of this feels dated yet historic, not all the stories will resonate with you, many are very painful
Also The show will sit with you for a long while. Totally worth seeing.
See it if You want to see a deeply moving, spiritual play performed by cast of extremely talented women. This gem of a script is well done by Public.
Don't see it if You can’t turn off your phone, allow yourself to be in the moment & be a part of this beautiful play. Give/take to these stories & listen.
See it if you want to see a series of well-performed monologues/poems, some of which are riveting, some of which are a bit dull.
Don't see it if you want to see a traditional play with a beginning, middle, and end and characters who evolve over the course of the show.
See it if 90 minutes of Choreopoem with music & dance preformed as written. women speak in poetry sometime cryptic as sharing black women experience
Don't see it if if you are used to clear linear play or think that this play should not be revived. This cast is outstanding and pulls off an exceptional
See it if You love spoken word poetry woven with choreography and music. You like shows comprised of monologues and short scenes
Don't see it if You don't like all female, all POC casts nor are you interested in hearing their stories. You want a linear plot.
See it if You want see the play that liberated female African American playwrights from the shadow of Raisin in the Sun. Still true, just less radical
Don't see it if Expect a linear story or a consistent style. Lots of truths that have not changed in the 40+ years since this choreopoem hit Broadway.
See it if Know of it, but have never seen it. Holds up under the "all-knowing," "enlightened" gaze of 2019 as an honest, thoughtful piece.
Don't see it if Well-miked, but still had trouble with clarity on some of lines, but that's my hearing. Some lines said in Spanish & French. I speak neither
See it if A beautiful revival of Shange's signature choreopoem. Performed with passion, choreographed with sensitivity, directed with compassion
Don't see it if If spoken word and movement work is not your cuppa tea this may not be for you
See it if appreciate 90 minutes of free-form poetry, dance, and song performance setting. The play takes you through an eclectic journey of emotions.
Don't see it if you don't appreciate poems, spoken or word performances. The set is a bare stage and heavily reliant on the performances of the artists.
See it if you are a fan of spoken word and movement and are interested in a seminal piece of black theater history!
Don't see it if the thought of 7 women in colorful outfits carrying on about life would bore you.
See it if Creative presentation of what it meant/means to be a black woman. Actresses are terrific individually and together. Mesmerizing, intense.
Don't see it if If you want plot and traditional theater, Colored Girls is not for you.