"Hair Pieces: By Women, About Hair," at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, attempts to address some hairy issues. But this multiethnic collection of short plays is an aggravating array of mismatched snippets--some personal, some touching, some funny and some, unfortunately, just over-teased imaginings.
Co-sponsored by the Fountain Theatre and the Jewish Women's Theatre Project, it's little wonder that the strongest pieces are about Jewish women and their relationship with their hair, or, as in the case of Jenna Zark's "Mother of Myriads," the impending loss of it through traditional marriage ritual.
Ellen Sadler's "Jewish Roots" is a hilarious tale about one woman's acceptance of her un-blond heritage. Susan Merson's "Hair: A Reminiscence" is a funny, poignant tale about how the musical "Hair" helps a mother (Ellen Gerstein) find a new life and reconnect with her daughter.
Diane Rodriquez's Latina mother (Lucki Wheating) and daughter (Lora Martinez-Cunningham) find fashion freedom with a Cousin It look. Hallie Hobson's "Supreme" is a touching monologue in which a daughter (Jacquelyn Houston) recalls her mother's better days before chemo took her crowning glory.