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"Straightening Combs" with ticket discount

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.

For more information about Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, please visit

If for some reason you can't make it on March 29, 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.

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  • Marlene G.

    Excellent all the way around! What a performance!

    March 30, 2013

  • Doug M

    Fantastic performance by Kim El (who also wrote the play). Very very moving and also very very funny.

    March 29, 2013

  • Andrea

    liked it a lot

    March 29, 2013

  • Mark

    Hope everyone is looking forward to this wonderful performance tonight. I think you'll really enjoy the show.

    Since the weather is so nice outside, if anyone would like to meet a little earlier, that would also be fine.

    For example, we could meet around 6:30 PM for some mingling and a little walking tour of the Cultural District as we hit some cool galleries before heading over to the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre lobby together

    For those interested in a little tour, please gather at 6:15-6:30 PM at the Crazy Mocha on Liberty (801 Liberty Avenue, near the Harris Theater)

    March 29, 2013

  • Angela

    I have to cancel my work schedule will not allow sorry

    March 29, 2013

  • Doug M

    Love the PPT but haven't seen their new place yet!

    March 28, 2013

  • Angela

    Mark I may arrive very close to 8 pm. I

    March 27, 2013

    • Mark

      You should still be OK, Angela as the play might not begin until 8:05-8:10 PM -- the theatre is expecting a nice crowd and there will be others coming for the first time with slight delays, etc. Also, usually the theater staff welcome everyone with a few announcements (about turning off cell phones, etc.)

      March 27, 2013

  • veronica

    Should we purchase the tickets in advance?

    March 24, 2013

    • Mark

      I have tickets reserved for the Meetup ... but it is also OK if people would like to purchase in advance online.

      March 27, 2013

  • Angela

    I would love to attend if my work schedule allows.

    March 26, 2013

  • Marlene G.

    Hi Mark! Do you recommend buying the ticket in advance or will the "$20 at the door" work?

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly, I will b out of town... Looks & sounds like a great show. I would love a poster!

    March 23, 2013

  • Mark

    +2 Other Meetup

    March 18, 2013

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