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for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbo... by Ntozake Shange
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Ntozake Shange's acclaimed "chorepoem" (play) succeeds in its goal to synthesize the lives and stigmas of colored American women at the crucial social shift of the third-quarter of the 20th century. Making no preteneses about its sturcture, this work, which can be best described as performance piece in the style of lyric dance-poetry and ritual, establishes seven female entities--represented coyly by a designated color (Lady in Red, Blue, Green, Brown, etc.)--deftly exploring both their individual and communal experiences in love, lust and loss. Effective, sensual, and occasionally frustrating in it's somewhat myopic depicition of colored women in the larger scope of the world, it is nevertheless an important work for any student of social American theatre, and a touchstone piece for artists seeking a standard bearer for the genre.
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