The Harlem Repertory Theatre kicks off the season with controversial classics
Jada Vanderpool | 12/23/2013, 3:19 p.m.
The Harlem Repertory Theatre (HRT) will revive some of their most popular productions "Finians Rainbow" and "For Colored Girls When The Rainbow Isn't Enuf," and display a new one-act version of Flahooley." Yip Harburg's "Finian's Rainbow" and "Flahooley" will be presented as a double-bill feature from December 27, 2013 to January 12, 2014.
HRT, a small non-profit professional theatre company, was founded in 2004 at the City College of New York's Theatre Department (CCNY) by Keith Lee Grant to offer top-line affordable performances to Harlem and the tri-state area.
"Finians Rainbow" opened in 1947 with the first fully integrated cast on Broadway. The production raised eyebrows with its take on political and social economic issues of the 20th century including racism, class prejudice and injustice.
Despite its whimsical title, Harburg's "Flahooley" is a raw political musical that probes America's standard way of life: capitalism, consumerism and corporate greed. Originally produced in 1951, "Flahooley" is a play with everlasting themes addressing labor strikes, write tapping, political intrigues and love.
Tickets can be purchased at http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=BIF0. Students, artists and senior citizens ages 65+ are eligible for $15 tickets. General seating is $20, and premium seating is $40.
Originally written by Ntozaka Shange in 1974 and making its mark on Broadway just two years later, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf" digs deep into the life struggles of seven African American women through heartfelt choreopoems. From December 28 - January 12, seven actresses will recast HRT's 2005 performance of the play. General seating for this show is $10 and premium seating is $20. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=BFO.