"Self-hatred is the black woman's poison," a woman observes in And Her Hair Went With Her, Zina Camblin's often boisterous comedy of weaves and wigs and the sisterhood of the beauty shop. Like the hardy women it celebrates, Camblin's play, at the Unicorn Theatre (3828 Main, 816-531-7529), finds joy and comedy in life's grimness. Expect sunny talk, wild hair, amusing arguments — do you say chitlins or chitterlings? — and sobering truths about beauty and blackness. Unlike the musical Crowns, which concerned the lavish hats that African-American women don for church, or the documentary Good Hair, which concerns exactly what it sounds like, And Her Hair Went With Her offers story and character with its anthropology. The serious laughs come from Nedra Dixon and Teisha M. Bankston, impressive actresses who play beauticians and a parade of comic clients. Directed by Jacqueline L. Gafford, the show premieres at 8 p.m.
Wed., April 28, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., April 29, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., April 30, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 1, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., May 2, 3 p.m.; Tue., May 4, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., May 5, 7:30 p.m., 2010