Jaja's African Hair Braiding (Broadway)
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Jaja's African Hair Braiding (Broadway)

Jaja's African Hair Braiding (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(1295 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Delightful

About the Show

In Harlem's braiding salon, immigrant braiders face love, dreams, and belonging.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (360)

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76 Reviews | 27 Followers
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You are looking for a meaningful show, beautifully put together! Funny, thought-provoking, deeply human!

Don't see it if This show is a Must see! Read more

96 Reviews | 22 Followers
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Profound, Phenomenal writing, Absorbing

See it if you want to start your evening laughing at relatable moments that transcend culture, then end your evening profoundly sad and changed by it

Don't see it if immigrant struggles and cultural complexities are only okay with you when they’re funny— it gets real at the end here and it’s shocking Read more

110 Reviews | 12 Followers
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an amazing play. It was so engaging and very honest and real. I think everyone should see it

Don't see it if you should just see it.

88 Reviews | 9 Followers
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see characters who feel realistic as if they just walked in off the street, appreciate fantastic comedy, and see harsh realities

Don't see it if You’re looking for straight comedy or drama Read more

64 Reviews | 16 Followers
Great staging, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if The stage reveal is delightful. Pace is quick and lively. Performances are outstanding. Relatable no matter your sex or race.

Don't see it if you don't want to see stories of immigrant struggles. Some humor relates directly to the hair struggles of women of color, but funny to all.

122 Reviews | 41 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Riveting, Must see, Hilarious

See it if you want to see the funniest show to have arrived on Broadway in years. Perfect cast and a rare LOL-show that also has something to say

Don't see it if you can't get tix. Also, if you're a 30U35 member, get seats in the Orchestra. There's show elements you'll miss if you're in the Mezzanine

66 Reviews | 13 Followers
Exquisite, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Hilarious, very moving. STELLAR cast and excellent playwrighting

Don't see it if It really is a great time and everyone should go

80 Reviews | 17 Followers
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a well acted play about friendships, community, family, love from a hair braiding shop in Harlem.

Don't see it if go and see it!

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
October 3rd, 2023

CRITIC’S PICK: “The first 80 minutes of the 90-minute play...are a buffet of delights. Even David Zinn’s set for the beauty shop’s interior, once the grate is unlocked and lifted, receives entrance applause. From that moment on, the director, Whitney White, keeps the stage activated and the stories simmering at a happy bubble.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 3rd, 2023

“Bioh has written a colorful, tactile, and caring work, letting us in on both the beauty of the braiding process...and the intense labor of it”
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Entertainment Weekly
October 3rd, 2023

“There are no easy answers to the complex problems that ‘Jaja's African Hair Braiding’ presents, and certainly none that can be solved within the span of a single day. Instead, the play encourages viewers to inspect the way the current world works and, hopefully, leave its salon with a greater sense of compassion and understanding for those around them tirelessly working to make ends meet.”
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October 3rd, 2023

“ ‘Jaja’s African Hair Braiding’ celebrates business owners like Jaja and the ladies who work for her. It’s also a portrait that illustrates everything it takes for Black women, especially immigrants, to survive in this country. Amid the sacrifices and the tears, the play showcases the community these women build among themselves and how they care for each other when no one else will.”
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The Washington Post
October 3rd, 2023

"“This bittersweet facet of the play seems to be token Bioh’s not-so-sunny perspective, which emerges as the 95 minutes of ‘Jaja’s’ wind down, when she introduces a harsher reality...You sense in her fate the dramatist’s anger, as she pulls the rug of joy out from under ‘Jaja’s’ and forces us to confront a colder truth about the dangers immigrants face. The customers’ braids may hold, it seems, even when the braider’s life unravels.” "
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The Washington Post
October 3rd, 2023

“Writing what you know works out wonderfully well for playwright Jocelyn Bioh in ‘Jaja’s African Hair Braiding,’ a sparkling ensemble comedy as tautly woven as one of the intricate hairdos in Jaja’s Harlem salon...The playwright does at the end of this wickedly entertaining evening give in to the urge to highlight her characters’ plights a bit too baldly.”
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New York Theatre Guide
October 4th, 2023

“Despite some narrative clunkiness, ’Jaja’ offers plenty to celebrate...It's a passionate portrayal of Black womanhood in Harlem and all the diverse experiences that encompasses. And it's a love letter to the artistry of hair braiding, a millennia-old form of artistry that allows its participants to express themselves even as they transform themselves. Much like theatre.”
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New York Daily News
October 3rd, 2023

“ ‘Jaja’s’ is a comedy about life as it is lived in this place, about community, aspiration and entrepreneurship. Mostly, though, it’s a show about immigrants getting the job done, and having fun doing it, one braid at a time.”
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