by Robert Bell
'FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF'
7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $12-$16.
In the wake of Tyler Perry's abysmal film adaptation "For Colored Girls," it might be easy for some to forget that the source material — this 1975 play by Ntozake Shange — still contains some powerful, emotionally rich stories of the challenges black women face every day.
Composed of 20 "choreopoems" told by seven different women, the experimental play started out Off Broadway, but a year later was enormously successful and went on to win prestigious theatre awards, including a Best Featured Actress Tony for Trazana Beverley. The play's harrowing themes — love, heartbreak, rape, abortion — are timeless, despite Perry's critically reviled cinematic mishap.
The Weekend Theater's production runs Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 25.