If You want to know about a black woman, touch her hair.– Novelette, Da’ Kink In My Hair
Rejuvenating, Refreshing, Inspirational…hard to believe i’m talking about a stage play, but “Da Kink In My Hair” by Trey Anthony and directed by Andrea Frye is all of these. In melody and in monologue Da Kink In My Hair is a winner. Atlanta, Georgia got to find out why, as the production finally made it’s United States debut. Da Kink In My Hair is a winner because it’s magical and marvelous, while also being meaningful as it deals with a variety of topics.
The for colored girls-esque dramedy covers everything from self-esteem, to color-ism, racism, child molestation and homosexuality. Unlike the other “colored girls” play, Da Kink In My Hair has an enlivening flair and a modern day edge. In a series of character monologues and musical numbers that hold their own and give life to the story. Da Kink In My Hair manages to give a voice to the many “black girl problems”, new ones and the age old ones. As much as the play details the problems, it also highlights the solutions. In a wave of sisterhood, encouragement, humor, and foul language, Da Kink In My Hair takes the audience to church. Being a type of women’s sanctuary, the Jamaican hair salon set in Canada empowers through it’s plot. The performances are stellar and the headliners are worth their salt.
Trey Anthony’s talent graciously pulls everything together, not only being the shows sole writer and producer, but also carrying a Jamaican accent on stage as the salon owner Novelette. The accents were on point with the culture and idiosyncrasies of Jamaican dialect, but the content of the show is even better. I love Da Kink In My Hair because it celebrates inner strength and the freedom to make the decisions that are right for you. Da Kink In My Hair is a phenomenal must-see not only for colored girls, but for all races.
The “Da Kink In My Hair” showcase is running in Atlanta September 6-8 at Cobb Galleria Performing Arts Center. Tickets are being sold through Ticketmaster, and more info can be found on the play’s website dakinkinmyhair.com