It was a defining moment in African-American theater when Ntozake Shanges choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf hit Broadway in the late 1970s. A lyrical collection of narrative, poetry and music performed by seven women, colored girls was unlike anything most theater audiences had ever witnessed. Youll get a chance to see it again when Houston Community College presents the play in a limited two-week run. colored girls takes on love, heartbreak, rage, rape, racism, sexism, classism and a host of other isms. The actors, each identified only by the color of her dress (the woman in red, green, purple, blue, yellow, brown and orange), take the audience on a roller coaster of emotions. From the opening poem dedicating the performance to every woman who has forgotten the sound of her own voice, to the life--affirming last line, i found god in myself and i loved her fiercely, colored girls is a powerful theater experience. 8 p.m. Thursday to today. Theater One, 3517 Austin. For information, call 713-718-6570 or visit ccollege.hccs.edu/instru/fineart/INDEX.HTM. $5 to $8.
Oct. 11-13, 8 p.m., 2007