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

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if you like wonderful ensemble work and topical issues of racial identity and conflict amongst young african women

Don't see it if if you are looking for something completely light and fluffy

79
Funny, Relevant, Overrated, Fine, Great acting

See it if It's a cute fun show. Definitely an entertaining day/night out.

Don't see it if you're expecting something deep. This is light theater.

91
Hilarious, Profound, Resonant, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want a whip-smart comedy-drama with truthful dialogue, charming cultural references, and a sobering moral.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about young peoples' experiences.

85
Hilarious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want a sharp comedy about cultural differences, beauty, advantages and disadvantages

Don't see it if you're looking for just a comedy - this show goes a lot deeper and hits a lot harder

85
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if like unapologetic realistic views on life

Don't see it if you do not enjoy funny realistic plays.

92
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if A refreshing night's entertainment with a message. Nicely written, great cast.

Don't see it if I really think anyone would enjoy this.

95
Refreshing, Must see, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if you enjoy female-driven stories that are funny and relevant and beautifully painful. It was such a proud experience.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or, I don't know, Shakespeare? But you should see it.

Also I'm a huge fan of Rebecca Taichman and this production is brilliant. F... Read more Read less

75
Dated, Thought-provoking, Funny, Overrated, Relevant

See it if You are unaware of colorism and its impact; you want to see a good ensemble; you want to think about issues of race.

Don't see it if You are aware of colorism since you may not see anything new here;

Also Reminded me of Spike Lee’s “School Daze”...no new ground covered here.... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like mean girls, you will like this. The acting is great!

Don't see it if Be mindful that they will speak English with an African accent.

Also The characters created are convincing and fun. Storyline is light but ... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting, Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy a very funny play that explores very complicated topics. The cast is excellent, the writing is quick and hilarious.

Don't see it if The show is 90 minutes or less. I can't imagine someone not enjoying themselves at this show.

85
Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you would like a re-imagining of the classic 2003 American film Mean Girls

Don't see it if you don't think fetch will happen.

95
Ambitious, Clever, Funny

See it if If you are looking to support up and coming playwright and a cast of fierce actresses.

Don't see it if you don’t like female driven stories.

91
Great writing, Hilarious, Must see, Profound

See it if You want to be immersed into a world of relevant concepts, with lightheartedness, but also an awakening and entertaining story.

Don't see it if You expect mean girls the musical. It is based on the same concept, but definitely not a mirror image of it

100
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Interested in exploring the ugly reality of colorism.

Don't see it if This is tough...It’s a wonderful play. Everyone should see it

90
Relevant, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you're looking for a fun story with a serious message behind it. This really made me stop and think.

Don't see it if you don't like accents or well thought out dialogue.

90
Delightful, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see something short, smart, poignant and funny. Great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like plays set in the 80's.

100
Intense, Hilarious, Palpable, Great acting, Yup

See it if you love watching actors fill moments and react to each other, you wanna laugh haaard, you liked Mean Girls (2004)

Don't see it if you don't like bright lights/ get stressed out by tense dramas/ you only like extremely slow developing scripts

Also There were moments in the play where I'd bust a gut laughing one secon... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Great writing, Refreshing, Relevant, Must see

See it if Clever and entertaining while also addressing relevant themes. Fun without being shallow.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a musical

90
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you want to be thoroughly entertained by smart writing, a fantastic cast, and thought provoking subject matter

Don't see it if you prefer Serious Dramas and won't appreciate a comedic --but still thoughtful and nuanced -- approach to complex issues

75
Funny, Relevant, Hilarious, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a relevant, funny, and entertaining show. The girls who played the two cousins were definitely the best part of the show!

Don't see it if You want something deep, serious, brooding story!

88
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like entertaining, thoughtful, well-written shows

Don't see it if You can't relate to other peoples' experiences.

82
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a play that is wonderful but too short. I was left wanting more of the delightful story and production.

Don't see it if You can’t handle a lot of interesting African women on stage at once.

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You are alive. Seriously, one of my favorite shows I've seen. Hilarious, insightful and worthy of the "African Mean Girls Play" title.

Don't see it if You wan't a show for the whole family. This is not a fun spectacle piece of escapism. It's a reflection of the world, it's great art.

100
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Refreshing, Must see

See it if you want to experience what true theatre should be like...unpredictable...in every sense!

Don't see it if you are expecting the musical!

86
Funny, Original, Absorbing

See it if You want an original take on race, self-confidence and popularity in a Ghanaian high school. Wildly entertaining.

Don't see it if You have no interest in how high school students see themselves and grow to self-awareness.


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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