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Laurel Mill Playhouse offers powerful production of Broadway hit, 'For Colored Girls'
Laurel Mill Playhouse offers powerful production of Broadway hit, 'For Colored Girls'

The storytelling going on in Laurel Mill Playhouse's current production of Ntozake Shange's highly acclaimed "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf" plays a little differently than anything performed at the Playhouse before. Directed here by Laurel resident Michael V. Hartsfield, Shange's script forgoes a specific plot — she has tossed spelling and vernacular to the winds — and seven African American actresses are known only by the colors they wear. In 1975, Shange's unusual play came to life in a bar outside Berkeley, Calif. The show debuted on Broadway in New York City in 1976 (with Shange portraying the Lady in...

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