Saturday, February 11, 2012

For Colored Girls - Lyric Theatre ~ Los Angeles

Lyric Theatre LA Postcard - by Tyler Milliron

The Tony Award nominated and Obie Award-winning play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, opened at the Lyric Theatre in Los Angeles this weekend. 

For Colored Girls is a  "choreopoem" written by Ntozake Shange.  Originally published in 1975, For Colored Girls has been praised by book, magazine, and theater critics for decades. The play premiered on Broadway in 1976 and inspired a film under the same title in 2010, directed by Tyler Perry.

I had both the honor and the pleasure of seeing this play last evening and I have one word for it....PHENOMENAL! The play weaves together stories of seven different women of color who have suffered abuse, surrendered their power, and seem to be dangling by the thread of hope. While the cast of characters are African-American, the theme resonates with women of all races and nationalities. 

The language is strong and fluid, but the emotion is raw and compelling. I found myself laughing and crying, completely absorbed by the passion of the dialog. My teenage daughter enjoyed the play just as much as I did, she thought the characters were "courageous," and I couldn't agree more.

Directed by: JC Gafford

The Cast:
  Lady in Red - Darlene Bell Grayson
  Lady in Purple - Ciji Michelle Campbell
  Lady in Yellow - Mystie Galloway
  Lady in Orange - Monica P. Quinn
  Lady in Blue - Yvette Saunders
  Lady in Green - Samiya Swann
  Lady in Brown - Nia Witts
  Musician - Derf Reklaw

If you live in the Los Angeles area I highly recommend you take in this play.  The play will run from February 10th through March 17th, tickets are $20.00.  For ticket and information about upcoming events visit the Lyric Theatre website.

No form of compensation was received for this post. Tickets for the play were self-purchased. The views expressed are the opinion of Just Say I Told You So.

1 comment:

  1. I love this! I feel in love with the book when it was first published. Then I got to see the Broadway production! Then I had the privilege of going to high school with Joseph Papp's (the original producer) son and he got me an autographed copy of the book!


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