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.
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by Joanna Klink
by Mark Haddon
by Various, SmartPass Ltd.
by J. Patrick Lewis
by Dante Alighieri
by Rudyard Kipling
by Alexander McCall Smith
by John Donne
"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"