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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Absorbing
86
Avg Score

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if Fantastic acting, on stage chemistry, comedic timing and pace; glimpse into African school girls culture not so different from elsewhere

Don't see it if There are few reasons I could think of... perhaps if you are looking for something experimental, new subject matters, etc.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Great acting. A wonderful ensembel. good story

Don't see it if there is really no reason to stay away.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a fresh play set in Ghana with a great cast.

Don't see it if High school pettiness is not your favorite theme.

Also Would have rated higher, but the lines were delivered so rapidly that ... Read more Read less

77
Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want a comedy with some resonence and are you looking for a different take on a mean girls-esq story.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch a drama about female friendship, bullying, & power dynamics

90
Absorbing, Exquisite, Funny, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you enjoy diverse story telling, you love comedies, you enjoy discussions about colorism, you like more contemporary period pieces

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with discussions of colorism, you don't like comedies

90
Exquisite, Hilarious, Great staging, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want an utterly delightful play that embraces traditional narrative to create a terrific story. I skipped out of the theater.

Don't see it if You want to be snarky about a work that doesn't necessarily "push the boundaries of the form"... whatever that crap even means.

92
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like a strong, all female cast, dealing with topics such as bullying, and beauty standards in a 1986 African school.

Don't see it if You don't like mean girls, gossip, school lunchtime, or bullying.

80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You'd like a different perspective on Mean Girls

Don't see it if You hate seeing things through a different lens and culture

95
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you were ever in high school and you want to forget it all; or you were ever in high school and loved it. You love or like Mean Girls.

Don't see it if you're threatened by watching hilarious, captivating and joyous performances by incredibly talented women. You don't like laughing.

Also This show is really such an exquisitely acted piece, with moments of b... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Intelligent

See it if you want to spend a quick hour & change on a funny, clever, unexpected show that flies by. Some terrific performances.

Don't see it if you expect a deep experience or a show that will stay with you & be remembered.

Also I'd been looking forward to seeing this show for a long time, and was ... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy familiar stories told from a new, interesting perspective. You want to laugh and be challenged all in one innovative piece.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays. Truly, it's a hard piece not to enjoy. Just see it.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you like high school theme and an all female casts.

Don't see it if you don't like high school subject matters.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Engaging

See it if You want to see a show that is both comedic, yet powerful, and balances the two in a play about discrimination within one's own culture.

Don't see it if You want a light-hearted comedy or musical. If you have issues with an all female cast

Also I thought this show was super engaging and entertaining, simultaneousl... Read more Read less

75
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if good ensemble play, short play, funny, nice showcase for all female cast

Don't see it if because it's a short play, not enough time for all six characters to be fully developed

60
Cliched, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if you are okay with a slight plot, predictable narrative, you loved Mean Girls (the movie), some good dialogue and acting

Don't see it if you want a POV relevant to an African story, you don't like stories about bullying, you want characters who are more than superficial

Also There's some fun to be had here, and Taichman does good work with the ... Read more Read less

88
Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Delightful

See it if you want to be transported to Ghana, to a girls' high school and be enchanted despite the usual teen behaviors, see an all-female cast

Don't see it if you might feel strained trying to understand the accents, but see it anyway as it's funny and heartwarming

Also This was a play I didn't know I needed in my life and it's well done.

90
Intense, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like being confronted with difficult topics and encouraged to think about them in new ways. Very good show!

Don't see it if you want light hearted and fun. This show deals with relevant topics that some may not like being confronted with though humorous at times

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Great writing, Relevant, Profound

See it if you have a pulse. Honestly, everyone should see this show.

Don't see it if you have problems understanding accents. Or still go, but then have someone explain what they said after the fact.

Also If you've ever overheard someone talking about how important it is to ... Read more Read less

82
Thought-provoking, Profound, Hilarious

See it if Very funny but profound at the same time

Don't see it if .

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want a fresh voice, great acting and overall entertaining show. Funny, but also moving.

Don't see it if It gets a little dark at points

95
Thought-provoking, Intense, Must see

See it if You like plays. This show isn’t a real eye opener of what colorism look a like

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that are race related

100
Absorbing, Hilarious, Great writing, Must see

See it if you liked Mean Girl, or if you want to see a simultaneously hilarious and heart-warming play

Don't see it if you don't like plays

94
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you love great acting, comedy, and some serious issues tackled with love, grace, humor, and care.

Don't see it if you're after a tragedy

100
Clever, Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Profound

See it if You like plays about topical subject matter such as racism, and plays that are both touching and insightful.

Don't see it if You fon’t like to both laugh and cry.

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched

See it if You like all female stories about high school.

Don't see it if You have bad memories of high school.


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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