Already closed | 1h 15m | West Village

School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play

From 254 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Absorbing

About the show

MCC Theater's buoyant and biting hit comedy returns to New York. An exploration of the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would you go to be queen bee? More…

Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter – and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Directed by Tony-winner Rebecca Taichman ('Indecent.')

1h 15m | Already closed | Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (254)


Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Absorbing
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Wonderful ensemble

See it if you want to see a very amusing, deeply moving, sharply biting, highly insightful play about the search for identity & what defines beauty.

Don't see it if you'd prefer the caricatures of selfish American teens in the musical Mean Girls to the realness of these irresistible African "mean girls".

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if African boarding school pageant brings funny, refreshing take on serious subjects of bullying and self-esteem. Enthusiasticly game ensemble

Don't see it if Woman's inhumanity to woman may be explored ad nauseam, but the cultural surprise makes this bitter pill go down easily.Underdeveloped 65 mn

Also Catch the final Lucille Lortel performances, before she is shuttered a... Read more Read less

Perfect little play about african teen girls beset by body image demands; cruel african twist: whiteness index of perfection

See it if taut well-acted tale filled w laughs, drama & profound observations about teen girl & Africa's 2nd class status; "mean girls" but much more

Don't see it if some of the drama is ginned up; at 70 minutes no time to differentiate all 6 teens

Also Set in Ghana HS for black girls, play starts w standard "mean girls" p... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Totally absorbing, funny, sad, tense and entertaining. Offers lots to think about, many issues brought up. Would be great for teenagers.

Don't see it if You want to see a big broadway musical or something with extravagant sets and costumes. But set, costumes etc were all perfect for this show

Also I'm so happy MCC brought this back. I'd felt terrible about missing it... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Overrated, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You’re interested in seeing a top-notch, all-female, all-black cast in a humorous, Mean Girls-style play.

Don't see it if You’re sick of media about catty teenage girls who are obsessed with beauty because they have underlying issues. This play is nothing new.

Good story. terrific performances.

See it if you appreciate good theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like straight plays.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see a great story with superb acting from an all female cast. Resonant and smart, funny and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about school girls and don't want to see girls be petty and cruel.

Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing, Hilarious

See it if You need a good laugh!! If you liked Mean Girls you’ll appreciate this.

Don't see it if You want serious drama.

Superb parody of bdwy mean girls, Great writing captures lilting african sound, Great comedic and serious acting

See it if Popular girl’s position as influencer of the crew is threatened by newcomer, shows common characteristics of both African and American teens

Don't see it if Sight-lines in the Lortel theatre are not ideal. Short play exploits stereotypes of both Africans and teenage girls for humor.

Powerful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Charming

See it if you want a play that touches you, makes you laugh, teaches you, challenges your preconceptions.Powerful statement about racial identity

Don't see it if you are looking for a fun musical like Mean Girls.In addition to dealing with high school bullies, this shines light of racial exclusion.

Entertaining, Delightful, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want to be surprised by a thoroughly entertaining and relevant play. Well-written, terrific actresses. The play flew by.

Don't see it if you don't want to be entertained or do not care about how race and socio-economic issues affect young girls.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great direction, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if Interested in a different take on racism, colorism & classism, this time in an all girls school in Ghana circa 1986. Beautifully performed.

Don't see it if you are not interested in another play about mean girls. This one, though similar in subject matter, is more thoughtful & more resonant.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing

See it if A lovely comedy drama about the universality of teenage girls. Sweet story, well acted by a great ensemble.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not interested in other cultures or prefer musicals.

Funny, Intelligent, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an insightful and humorous view into the cross-cultural behavior of high school girls. Thoroughly entertaining, funny but profound

Don't see it if you have no interest in the motivations and emotions of teenage girls.

Resonant, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if you want to see the African mean girl, however this had a beautifully handled topic of race and color. Saw new LA. Excellent cast

Don't see it if a hopefully outdated glimpse into color preference with in a race, doesn't excite you. However, it was a well edited, short show. saw 9/18

Funny, Clever

See it if Clever intersectional exploration of colonialism, unhealthy standards of beauty, capitalism, relationships,& racism thru small village girls

Don't see it if For this production (Nov 19, 2018), acting seemed uneven among cast. Really harsh, mean girls scare you — it's not the Mean Girls movie.

Also Ticket from online rush on TodayTix for $32.50.

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Profound, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a smartly written play about teenagers, race, and the question of what defines beauty. Acting was spot on.

Don't see it if You have had enough of “mean girls”. However this is from the point of view of a different culture.

Must-see (more than once) / extremely entertaining, Great direction - stage - costumes - sound - music, Strong ensemble-cast / some solid performances, Hysterical / disturbing / relevant / absorbing / intense, Poignant / refreshing / thought-provoking / resonant

See it if you'd enjoy a seriocomic Ghanese-take on 'Mean Girls'. Disturbing, biting (bullying, peer pressure, power tug-of-war); otherwise hysterical.

Don't see it if you'd struggle comprehending lightning-fast dialogue, especially foreign-accents (unfortunately, performers are NOT mic'd).

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Very enjoyable, Fast paced, Wonderful performances, Funny

See it if You’re up for a funny play that also digs deep as it examines the subculture of high school girls. The setting in Ghana adds layers.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in high school girls and their world.

Also I wouldn’t say this play is groundbreaking, but it has plenty to say a... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see the Ghanaian version of Mean Girls. You like charming, funny shows.

Don't see it if Would get bored watching a show about teenagers.

Entertaining, Funny, Resonant

See it if You enjoy small ensemble realism. You want a show that investigates the real stakes of youth.

Don't see it if You find accents difficult. You don't care about high school.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like teen drama, humor, and feminist issues. The acting and writing were​ top notch.

Don't see it if you want a bit more depth. I think this was GREAT but would have been inspired if it had dug a little bit deeper and was 20 minutes longer.

Clever, Funny, Relevant

See it if you like funny shows about teens

Don't see it if you're not a fan of mean girls or interested in issues of racism within a race.

Cliched, Funny

See it if You like the catty high school girls who climb over each other story, here in a new venue.

Don't see it if You were expecting a more powerful drama. This nubbin of pain is candy coated, and lightweight.

Well written, Well acted, Funny/serious, Powerful, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a smart play about teen girls that deals with important topics. Funny, heartbreaking, touching. This onepacks a punch.

Don't see it if you just aren't interested in how girls interact and what their cruelty toward each other masks. I wish this was longer and went deeper.

October 22nd, 2018
"This eight-member ensemble is a well-oiled machine...Bioh, a shrewd comic writer of obvious gifts, doesn’t shrink from the uglier side of her subject. And she maintains enough empathy to redeem even the most narcissistic and spiteful of antiheroines...I saw and adored 'School Girls' last fall, a...
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October 23rd, 2018
“Most of MCC's excellent world premiere cast returns in Tony-winning director Rebecca Taichman's spot-on production. They're joined by a trio of terrific new colleagues in a production that effectively blends humor and bite to swiftly make its points in a play that's solidly satisfying in just 75...
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October 22nd, 2018
"Uproarious. Affecting, human, and sympathetic, too; but this is the funniest time you’ve spent in high school since those 'History Boys' came to town...The play is brightened by a uniformly talented cast. Boafo and Jones make a strong mismatch...Anyone who laughed through it last November is lik...
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October 22nd, 2018
"Punchy, crisp, and sly...The laughs are combined with some tougher drama...Race, ideals of beauty, and personal identity are at the heart of 'School Girls'—and they are uncompromisingly addressed by Bioh and the cast. The play is only 75 minutes long, and perhaps on the Lortel stage that makes s...
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