Look to the rain­bow

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Ntozake Shange’s po­etic play For Colored Girls Who Have Con­sid­ered Sui­cide/When the Rain­bow Is Enuf , which in­cor­po­rates mu­sic and dance, ex­plores the lives of seven women and their ex­pe­ri­ences with racism and op­pres­sion at the hands of white so­ci­ety and the men in their lives. The women, named af­ter the colors of the rain­bow, re­late sto­ries rife with vi­o­lence and psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­tress, yet the play is ul­ti­mately up­lift­ing. For Colored Girls opened at New York’s Public Theater in 1976, af­ter runs at sev­eral smaller venues. Three months later, it opened at the Booth Theater — the sec­ond play by an African-Amer­i­can woman to make it to Broad­way. In honor of Black His­tory Month and the up­com­ing Women’s His­tory Month in March, Tikia “Fame” Hud­son, a stu­dent at Santa Fe Uni­ver­sity of Art and De­sign, di­rects two per­for­mances of For Colored Girls at Ware­house 21 (1614 Paseo de Per­alta, 505-989-4423), on Fri­day, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. and Satur­day, Feb. 28, at noon. Tick­ets, $15 (with dis­counts avail­able), may be pur­chased from www.the­screensf.com and at the door; reser­va­tions can be made by phon­ing 806-206-22037. — J.L.

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