FCGWHCSWTRIE – those are the initials for the production that Stage Aurora, under the direction of Darryl Reuben Hall, is to be proud of. If you missed the first article about the play, take a look here. There was some talk the day after opening night. Some were confused, others wanted to go up on stage during a couple of scenes to offer the actresses a tissue while they wiped away their own tears, but the general consensus was a great portrayal of pride, derogation, pain, and frustration that some women have or may still have to suffer in the name of ‘love’ and ‘trust’ from their so-called men (pimps, hustlers, low-life’s, and lowdown dirty dogs).
The evening began sweetly with the 100 Voice Youth Choir and their rendition of “Who’s Lovin’ You” and “Sing a Song”. The talented vocals and dancing had the audience singing along with the children to the popular hits. The children were dismissed and then came the performance that was scheduled.
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf is told by 7 ladies who give poetic prose, some interpretive dance and sheer acting talent about what they’ve gone through in their individual lives. Each actress had a different story, a unique tale of the pain of abortion, abuse, loneliness, despair etc. which came from the innermost soul of these women. How ‘sorry’ are some men who misuse, abuse and totally disrespect their women? Colored women are tired of “sorry”.
Yes, there were some times of joy, but mainly it was about the hardships that befell ‘colored women’ during a time of no hope, joy or a future. Have things changed much from the era of the play? Just as then, it is up to each individual to rise above the pains of rejection, ridicule and having Somebody Almost Walk Off Wid Alla Their Stuff (don’t forget that Dr. Maxine Montgomery will be in Jacksonville on Thursday, March 24).
These 7 divas (and understudies) do a tremendous job with the many lines of dialogue without missing a beat. They drew the listeners into each character to envision what may have been a life which was hidden from the outside world. Some women still suffer in silence. At the end the women came together with a chant, “I found God in myself & I loved HER”. We must all find the God in us that makes us more loveable even to ourselves.
It’s not too late for you to attend this enlightened, thought provoking play. Mind you, this is not a place that you want to go with a man on your first date. This writer and her husband have been together long enough to understand what goes on outside of their relationship; so there were no issues.
You can see and hear scenes from the show through the Video and Slide Show presentations to the left of this article. Just click on the pictures and you may leave your comments there also.
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