When Kimberly Elise first arrived in Hollywood, all of her jobs were on sitcoms. When she trained on stage, it was comedy. But after a star turn in the mid-’90s gangsta film “Set It Off,” it seemed Elise couldn’t shake the drama.
“I would love to be in a comedy,” she said. “Some people just gravitate to the dramatic roles I play.”
That’s not likely to change given her latest project — a starring role in “For Colored Girls,” a film adapted and directed by Atlanta’s Tyler Perry. The film opens Friday.
Elise was just a kid in 1976 when a strangely titled production began winding its way through the theater circuit. From California to New York, to off-Broadway and finally, to the Great White Way, “For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” was like nothing the theater establishment had ever seen.
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