Beginning as a child wishing she had straight hair (for example, like so many dolls in the past), playwright/actor Kim El touches audiences in portraying 6 personas in a life-long journey in overcoming low-self esteem, depression, and other challenges ... and blossoming from a young child to eventually having a family of her own.
Kim's remarkable solo performance combines spoken word poetry, songs, and short vignettes in portraying six different personas as it deals with such topics as family, growing up in the projects, going to college, 'what it means to be pretty' and other struggles.
This show will make you both laugh and cry.
Check out what audiences are saying after seeing this show!
"It was funny, memorable, reflective, thought-provoking, musical, spiritual, and just plain good!!!! Every female needs to see this play."
- Joyce E.
"Thank you. The play was the best I've seen in a while. God bless."
- Marilyn W.
"Mark Southers' PPT signature of a first class intimate experience was the perfect setting for Straightening Combs. Kim El's character transformations had us laughing, crying, singing and swinging much like the poetic stories of Maya Angelou ... a show ALL women can enjoy!"
- Connie P.
"Breaking out of this chrysalis of pain into mature happiness and self-respect is the climax, with a few final notes of joy. A serious and satisfying experience."
- Michelle Pilecki, Pittsburgh City Paper
Check out the full review from Pittsburgh City Paper
Meetup members will get discount tickets ($20 cash at the door) ... and after the performance, you'll have a chance to meet Kim.
And depending on the interest of the Meetup group, we can go out to dinner -- such as checking out the new Encore menu at Braddock's American Brasserie (inside Renaissance Hotel downtown) -- to share more thoughts about this wonderful play.
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If for some reason you can't make it on March 24, please consider checking out one of the other performances before this inspirational play closes:
Friday, March 22 at 8 PM
Saturday, March 23 at 7 PM
Sunday, March 24 at 3 PM
Friday, March 29 at 8 PM
Saturday, March 30 at 8 PM
Sunday, March 31 at 3 PM
Playwright/actor Kim El shares a story of the repercussions of low self-esteem and overcoming depression in urban America in her solo performance, Straightening Combs. Her spoken word poetry, songs, and short vignettes in six different personas take the audience on an intimate life journey seen through the eyes of an African-American female coming of age.