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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tue., June 15 and Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 26 2010

Ntozake Shange's 1975 choreopoem remains sturdy in spots--especially powerful monologues are delivered by Delicia Dunham as a bookish child obsessed with Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L'Ouverture and Afra Williams as a woman fiercely protective of her "stuff." And yet it's worn thin in others, which adds to the problems of this uneven production from InnateVolution Theater. Though director Toma Tavares Langston makes a good effort with an in-the-round stage and barroom location, voices and lines get lost. And Shawn Quinlan's vaguely classical, vaguely get-down choreography often looks so silly I suspect the seven-woman cast would've been better off improvising. But the characters are delivered with force and passion, and I'll take a heartfelt live revival over a star-studded film remake (Tyler Perry has one coming out in January) any day. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $20

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