SCHOOL GIRLS

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Reviews: 5

Audience

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How far would you go to be queen bee?

Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina's hive-minded friends. In this MCC Theater production, Jocelyn Bioh's buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.

Reviews

Shari Barrett
"In the days before cell phones and the internet ruled all young girls lives, Paulina is a perfect example of how one person could set the social tone of an entire school, allowing her opinions on who is good enough, rich enough, pretty enough, or can offer her something she needs to advance her own desires, no matter the cost to others. And you had better adore the same music stars she does!"

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


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"Bioh is aided immensely by Rebecca Taichman, who directs with wisdom and subtle theatricality. Taichman turns lines that could have become ungainly into glimmering bubbles of wittiness. Her staging embodies a primitive gathering of a clan. Her imagery provides subtext. And her casting is spot-on."

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"With School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play set to reopen at New York's Louise Lortel Theatre this fall, East Coasters are in for a return-engagement treat. Thankfully, Angelinos don't have to wait even an instant to cheer the mean—and not so mean—girls who've made Culver City their September home."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


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"Bioh's gifts as a playwright save School Girls from being trivial and mundane. She can find comedy in just about everything her all-female cast does and says. Capturing the behavioral antics of these teenagers is her long suit. She's equally good at peeling back character and revealing the inner workings of Paulina, Nana, Ama (Latoya Edwards), Gifty (Paige Gilbert) and Mercy (Mirirai Sithole), the giddy, excitable and lovable students at the boarding school. Director Rebecca Taichman has choreographed their every move and gesture with admirable precision and flair."

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


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"All the creative elements in this production are top notch. Director Rebecca Taichman stages things with deceptive simplicity and expertly calibrates the flow of the talented ensemble's shifting tones. Maameyaa Boafo is vital, funny, and ultimately heartbreaking as Paulina, making her a true antihero, and letting us feel her inner struggles. The fact that we care about her — even at her worst — is a testament to Boafo's considerable gifts. As her classmates, Latoya Edwards, Paige Gilbert, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, and Mirirai Sithole are wonderful. Each has her moment in the sun, and each brings humanity and humor to her performance."

sweet - Samuel Garza Bernstein - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"In the days before cell phones and the internet ruled all young girls lives, Paulina is a perfect example of how one person could set the social tone of an entire school, allowing her opinions on who is good enough, rich enough, pretty enough, or can offer her something she needs to advance her own desires, no matter the cost to others. And you had better adore the same music stars she does!"

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


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"Bioh is aided immensely by Rebecca Taichman, who directs with wisdom and subtle theatricality. Taichman turns lines that could have become ungainly into glimmering bubbles of wittiness. Her staging embodies a primitive gathering of a clan. Her imagery provides subtext. And her casting is spot-on."

sweet - Dany Margolies - Daily News - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"With School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play set to reopen at New York's Louise Lortel Theatre this fall, East Coasters are in for a return-engagement treat. Thankfully, Angelinos don't have to wait even an instant to cheer the mean—and not so mean—girls who've made Culver City their September home."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Avatar
"Bioh's gifts as a playwright save School Girls from being trivial and mundane. She can find comedy in just about everything her all-female cast does and says. Capturing the behavioral antics of these teenagers is her long suit. She's equally good at peeling back character and revealing the inner workings of Paulina, Nana, Ama (Latoya Edwards), Gifty (Paige Gilbert) and Mercy (Mirirai Sithole), the giddy, excitable and lovable students at the boarding school. Director Rebecca Taichman has choreographed their every move and gesture with admirable precision and flair."

sweet - Willard Manus - Total Theater - ...read full review


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"All the creative elements in this production are top notch. Director Rebecca Taichman stages things with deceptive simplicity and expertly calibrates the flow of the talented ensemble's shifting tones. Maameyaa Boafo is vital, funny, and ultimately heartbreaking as Paulina, making her a true antihero, and letting us feel her inner struggles. The fact that we care about her — even at her worst — is a testament to Boafo's considerable gifts. As her classmates, Latoya Edwards, Paige Gilbert, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, and Mirirai Sithole are wonderful. Each has her moment in the sun, and each brings humanity and humor to her performance."

sweet - Samuel Garza Bernstein - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review