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

Author(s): Ntozake Shange
Genre: Poetry
CD - unabridged
Audio (2 discs)
Product Number: BN236
Released: Jan 14, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781441880086
Narrator/s: Thandie Newton
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Please log in to view pricing


From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the twentieth century. First published in 1975 when it was praised by The New Yorker for "encompassing...every feeling and experience a woman has ever had," for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come. Here is the complete text of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world.

All formats/editions

ISBN: #9781451624151

Professional reviews

"Shange's powerful play would seem a perfect match for audio, and, indeed, aspects of it are strong. Her opening essay contextualizes the work's background and purpose for listeners, and the play, composed of interweaving poetry, is moving. Significantly, her exploration of the lives of "colored girls" strikes chords of truth still, some 30 years later. Thandie Newton's narration works well with the introduction. Her voice echoes the weight and emphasis of Shange's words. Further, when reading the play, Newton creates distinct voices for each part. However, the impact of the play would be greater if members of a full cast were delivering each part instead of Newton reading each character's name and then, his or her lines. The resulting awkwardness comes between the listener and the work. L.E. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"