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‘Jaja’s African Hair Braiding’ adds two more weeks to run

This marks the second extension for the Manhattan Theatre Club production.

(L-R) Nana Mensah as Aminata, Lakisha May as Vanessa, Maechi Aharanwa as Ndidi and Kalyne Coleman as Michelle (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

“Jaja’s African Hair Braiding” has received a second extension. The new comedy, playing Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, will now run through Nov. 19. “Jaja’s” was originally slated to close on Oct. 29 but was previously extended to Nov. 5.

The play is written by Jocelyn Bioh with direction by Whitney White. It marks the Broadway debuts for both creatives. 

The cast features Brittany Adebumola, Maechi Aharanwa, Rachel Christopher, Kalyne Coleman, Somi Kakoma, Lakisha May, Nana Mensah, Michael Oloyede, Dominique Thorne and Zenzi Williams.

“Jaja’s” chronicles a single day inside a Harlem braiding salon. From rivalries between the braiders to an impending wedding, the play is a snapshot of the highs and lows of the women in this community.

Manhattan Theatre Club has planned a series of post-show talkbacks and other events throughout October. 

“Jaja’s” is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (under the leadership of artistic director Lynne Meadow and executive director Chris Jennings), Madison Wells Live, LaChanze and Taraji P. Henson.