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for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf
By Jenny Sandman
for colored girls . . . is made up of seven poems revealing the everyday realities of seven black women. Each of the women speak in simple, plain language; about their men, their poverty, their landscape, their bodies, while dancing and moving and singing. The entire play--language, music, singing--is an auditory feast. Not only do the women have amazing voices (sounding like true gospel singers), they are also strong and passionate actors. They make the poems come alive.
This production is stark but compelling. The small stage is perfectly white, offset by the black curtains surrounding it. There is no scenery to speak of, only this white space, in white light. But each of the women is dressed in a different color--green, yellow, red, orange, etc. They stand out sharply as they move and dance and sway through the space, sometimes alone, sometimes together. The choreography is mesmerizing; each of the women is perfectly aware of her own body and its relation to the stage and the other women. Theatre Double is just beginning to come into its own; this small but impressive production should mark their triumphant arrival onto the New York scene.
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Leonard Maltin's 2003 Movie and Video Guide
Ridiculous!The Theatrical Life & Times of Charles Ludlam
Somewhere For Me, a Biography of Richard Rodgers
The New York Times Book of Broadway: On the Aisle for the Unforgettable Plays of the Last Century
6, 500 Comparative Phrases including 800 Shakespearean Metaphors by CurtainUp's editor.
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