Cathy Hamilton and Carol Starr Schneider met in 1997, and the world of theatre suddenly became funnier.
Ms. Hamilton, a former television reporter and news columnist, had created “Boyfriend in a Box,” an imaginary kit for singles. TV writer and journalist Starr Schneider loved the concept, and contacted Hamilton to see about obtaining movie rights. The movie has yet to be made, but the two have become friends for life. With voluminous amounts of comedy writing under their hats, and a shared obsession with hair, these two wacky women collaborated on the crazy, quirky play, Brushes: A Comedy of Hairs.
Hair-lariously directed by Kevin Bailey, Brushes is 90 minutes of laughter and silly hair-inspired stories, framed by film of old shampoo ads, which add a touch of nostalgia for the more “mature” in the audience. The actors are brilliant, as they fly from one vignette to the next, creating unique characters along the way. What is truly delightful about the show is that everyone has fun!
We get all tangled up in these hair-raising stories, such as the woman (Amy Smallman-Winston) who runs into her longtime stylist (Clara Rodriguez) after “cheating” on her at another salon that accepts Groupon. Or, the support group to prevent the “hair-ifying” results of trimming one’s own bangs. And men will bristle at the bongo-banging beatnik’s barrage at baldness (superbly played by Andrew Villarreal). Heidi Appe is dead-on as a mortuary cosmetologist who loves her job, and Ashley Taylor bare-ly gets away from a gnarly bunch wanting to make her over.
“Brushes” is playing a limited engagement on Saturdays at 8pm through May 4 at Whitefire Theatre located at 13500 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks on Tickets are available at brushes.brownpapertickets.com.