Ends Dec 01 | East Village

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.  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.


Member Reviews (28)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
80
Avg Score

70
Some good performances, Occasionally listless, Colorful, Dated

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.

Also I’m glad for the chance to experience this mid-1970s theatrical & cult... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Intimate setting, Great acting/singing/dancing, Unusual, Powerful, Thrilling

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

During previews
75
Confusing, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

During previews
82
Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

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

Also but the women are always there in support of each other; lots of talen... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Interesting staging. dated story.

See it if You like monologues about women’s injustice.

Don't see it if You want a play with story and characters.

Also Avoid sitting on stage. Can’t see or hear much of what’s going on.

During previews
79
Difficult to hear, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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.

During previews
83
Relevant, Manipulative, Intense, Great singing, Great acting

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.

Also I appreciate the existence of this show and the women on stage were ac... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Resonant, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

During previews
80
Slow, Repetitive, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

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.

During previews
85
Epic, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Refreshing

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.

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

During previews
59
Intelligent, Uneven, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

During previews
80
Entertaining, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you're open to dramatization of what are essentially poems. Some of the stories are riveting. Others less so.

Don't see it if You're expecting a plot.

During previews
85
Profound, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

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

During previews
80
More fun than the title would indicate, Riveting, Great staging, Absorbing

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.

During previews
70
Slow, Influential, Edgy, Relevant, Great acting

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.

During previews
90
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if if you are sympathetic to the plight of black women; are a feminist; like good theatre

Don't see it if if you don't like poetry or spoken word; don't like female-centric theatre

During previews
75
Good time, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining

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

During previews
83
Resonant, Great singing, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

During previews
66
Disappointing, Dated

See it if You like "monologue" shows that recreate a history piece about women and race.

Don't see it if You get a seat on the stage. I was in the back and it was staged poorly. I'm not into "monologue" shows.

During previews
89
Riveting, Resonant, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

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.

During previews
90
Resonant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intense, Great staging

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.

Also This production swept me away on its exuberance and passion. The seven... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if U can let its Poetry and movement carry you through a composite journey into the lives of women of color. U will be moved.

Don't see it if U expect a linear plot

During previews
83
Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Edgy, Absorbing

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.

During previews
84
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Enchanting

See it if You want to see a terrific revival of a classic.

Don't see it if A traditionally structured piece of theater

Also The Public Theater pays homage to this wonderful piece of "choreopoem"... Read more Read less


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
"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 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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