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The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway?

The Jocelyn Bioh play opened October 3 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, via Manhattan Theatre Club.

Brittany Adebumola and Dominique Thorne in Jaja’s African Hair Braiding Matthew Murphy

The reviews are rolling in for Jocelyn Bioh's Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, which opened on Broadway October 3. The production began previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre September 12 as part of Manhattan Theatre Club's season.

Whitney White directs the play's world premiere. The cast features Brittany Adebumola, Maechi Aharanwa, Rachel Christopher, Kalyne Coleman, Somi Kakoma, Lakisha May, Nana Mensah, Michael Oloyede, Dominique Thorne, and Zenzi Williams. Rounding out the company are understudies Victoire Charles, Abigail C. Onwunali, Onye Eme-Akwari, Morgan Scott, and Rachel Christopher. Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting's Kelly Gillespie and Erica Hart.

Read the reviews here: 

CititourNY (Brian Scott Lipton)

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)*

Entertainment Weekly (Emlyn Travis)

The Guardian (Gloria Oladipo)

New York Daily News (Chris Jones)*

New York Magazine/Vulture (Sara Holdren)*

New York Stage Review (David Finkle, Melissa Rose Bernardo)

New York Theatre Guide (Gillian Russo)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

TheaterMania (David Gordon)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramírez)

Variety (Aramide Tinubu)

The Washington Post (Peter Marks)*

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Jaja's African Hair Braiding is set in a Harlem hair braiding salon where a hot summer day brings out some love, dreams, and secrets. The production features scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, original music and sound design by Justin Ellington, video design by Stefania Bulbarella, and hair and wig design by Nikiya Mathis. Dawn-Elin Fraser is dialect and voice coach, and Melanie J. Lisby is production stage manager.

READ: How Jocelyn Bioh Is Balancing a Broadway Play, and a Newborn

The producing team includes LaChanze, Taraji P. Henson in her Broadway producing debut, and Madison Wells Live. Jaja's African Hair Braiding is currently scheduled to continue through November 5. 

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