Off the Wall to stage 'Straightening Combs'

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Kim El's autobiographical show "Straightening Combs" continues Off the Wall Theater's the Season of the Female Playwright.

Using spoken-word poetry, songs and short vignettes, Kim El paints a picture of overcoming depression and coming of age in the Hill District. "Straightening Combs" is directed by Linda Haston and features Nia Washington in a work that originated at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company and has been further developed at Off the Wall. The Carnegie theater presents the show as its first repertory production, meaning it will live beyond this weekend's shows.

"Straightening Combs" runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, then returns in April and August. General admission tickets are $35 ($20 for 65 and older; $15 for students) at or 1-800-838-3006.

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