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Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway Tickets

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Step inside an NYC hair salon and meet the women who work, gossip and find friendship there, in the world premiere of Jocelyn Bioh’s play.

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Step inside Jaja’s busy hair braiding salon in New York City and meet the bubbly, bustling people who work there in the world premiere of Jaja’s African Hair Braiding on Broadway. Lucille Lortel Award winner Jocelyn Bioh’s latest play is a smart, deft and moving story about community and identity, making its debut at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre this year.

About Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Jaja’s hair salon in Harlem is the place to go. Head inside and you’ll see a lively group of West African immigrant braiders getting to work. They’re experts at crafting masterpieces on top of women’s heads, and they’re popular too. Over the course of one stifling summer’s day, love blooms, dreams blossom and secrets are shared. Below the surface, the precarious nature of their lives is always simmering, and it is about to boil over. Soon, this tight-knit community must confront what it means to be an outsider on the edge of a place they call home.

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding Creative Team

This witty and touching new play is written by Ghanaian-American playwright Jocelyn Bioh. Bioh’s satirical comedy School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play won the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, and her other works include Nollywood Dreams.

Bioh received huge praise for School Girls, with critics on both sides of the pond hailing it a “gleeful African makeover of an American genre” (New York Times) and a “clever comedy [that] leaves a stinging afterburn” (The Guardian UK). Audiences can expect even more of her smart writing and skillful handling of complex themes - all layered with witty and rounded characters that spring off the stage - in Jaja’s African Hair Braiding.

The show is directed in New York by Whitney White. White is an Obie Award-winning director whose credits include Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, for all the women who thought they were Mad Off-Broadway and The Amen Corner at Shakespeare Theatre DC.

Don’t Miss Tickets for Jaja’s African Hair Braiding on Broadway

Don’t miss this dazzling world premiere on Broadway! Bursting with eclectic and unforgettable characters and a story that will pull you in with heart, warmth and fun, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding is a must-see new play this Fall.

Sorry this show closed 19 November 2023, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
18 Nov 2023 - 19 Nov 2023
Running time:
1 hour and 30 minutes.
Age recommendation:
No age rating has been set. Under 4s not permitted.

Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway Reviews

24 Reviews
  • 5 Stars33%
  • 4 Stars54%
  • 3 Stars0%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Stars8%

User Reviews

Some funny bits. Great set! Sometimes I wish there were captions because I missed some of the lines either because of the heavy accents used or the audience laughing.

Performance date: 05 October 2023
Performance date: 05 November 2023

So glad I got to see this! The set was so fun, loved seeing this the vibrant culture and atmosphere and the cast was phenomenal.

Performance date: 23 September 2023
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