The star bursts bright on this Broadway transfer, giving space and energy to the “colored girls..” who need to “sing her song of light“, to sing out her rhythms, and the possibilities that exist in her “black girl song“. This is “not a love poem“, nor a requiem for the dead, but for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, written from a deep reservoir of truth and power by Ntozake Shange (Mother Courage and Her Children), the show basks in a tide of sorrow on the curb, written in dance and heartfelt terror. It is a piece of living breathing gloriousness registering power and pain in the betrayal by men who know maybe a bit too well where they stand.
The title is just all so encompassing and meaningful. It hits home the wide-reaching ideas of pride and pain, joy and frustration, all brought to the forefront by a group of amazingly talented women in the service of an iconic play written so many years ago. for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has returned to the stage after being resurrected at the Public in November 2019. But 43 years prior to that successful production, one I loved as much (and maybe a bit more), the creation flourished and grew into a historic 1976 Public Theater production before that production transferred to Broadway to run, dance, shout, agitate, and enliven for 742 performances at the Booth Theater. To much acclaim and adoration, this ‘choreopoem’ (a mixture of poetic monologues, dance, and song) was and still is a clap-happy classic, steeped in African American literature and black feminism as it finds itself back on Broadway at the Booth Theatre.