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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

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

Oct 8 – Nov 17, 2019
81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023, USA

“Being alive and being a woman is all I got,” says one of the “girls” in Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, “but being colored is a metaphysical dilemma I haven’t conquered yet.” The colors of the rainbow provide a framework for the seven women in Shange’s groundbreaking “choreopoem”—a term she herself coined to describe the poetry, song, and dance that came together in her first play, which premiered on Broadway in 1976. Leah C. Gardiner directs the first major New York revival of a play that defined a decade. —J.V.