An "uproarious comedy that also pulls at the heartstrings"
– The Hollywood Reporter

Mar 7 - Apr 12, 2020 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 75 minutes with no intermission

“Look confident. Be confident. This. Is. Yours.” - Paulina, Part III

This biting and buoyant comedy, “ferociously entertaining, as heartwarming as it is hilarious” (The Hollywood Reporter), arrives in Chicago on the heels of a critically acclaimed, extended run Off-Broadway. As the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school sets her sights on the Miss Universe pageant, a new student unexpectedly changes the game. Don’t miss this “nasty-teen comedy, wonderfully refreshed and deepened” (The New York Times) that spotlights the universal similarities—and glaring differences—of teenage girls around the globe.

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Critical Praise
  • An "entertaining comedy"

    - LA Times

  • "Endearing and poignant"

    - BroadwayWorld

  • "Full of light and laughter"

    - Variety

  • "Funny, fierce, fearsome"

    - Vulture

  • "A witty and moving take on Mean Girls"

    - Daily Beast

  • A "nasty-teen comedy...wonderfully refreshed"

    - The New York Times

  • "A refreshing take on youthful rivalries"

    - LA Times

  • "Ferociously entertaining"

    - The Hollywood Reporter

  • Full of "bouncy, juicy dialogue"

    - Vulture

  • "Punchy, crisp and sly"

    - Daily Beast

  • An "uproarious comedy that also pulls at the heartstrings"

    - The Hollywood Reporter

  • Jocelyn Bioh

    Jocelyn Bioh Playwright

  • Lili-Anne Brown

    Lili-Anne Brown Director

  • Adia Alli

    Adia Alli Gifty

  • Katherine Lee Bourné

    Katherine Lee Bourné Ama

  • Kyrie Courter

    Kyrie Courter Ericka Boafo

  • Ashley Crowe

    Ashley Crowe Nana

  • Ciera Dawn

    Ciera Dawn Paulina Sarpong

  • Tiffany Renee Johnson

    Tiffany Renee Johnson Mercy

  • Tania Richard

    Tania Richard Headmistress Francis

  • Lanise Antoine Shelley

    Lanise Antoine Shelley Eloise Amponsah

  • Rory Furey-King

    Rory Furey-King Understudy

  • Maya Vinice Prentiss

    Maya Vinice Prentiss Understudy

  • Adhana Reid

    Adhana Reid Understudy

  • Shariba Rivers

    Shariba Rivers Understudy

  • Yu Shibagaki

    Yu Shibagaki Set Designer

  • Samantha C. Jones

    Samantha C. Jones Costume Designer

  • Jason Lynch

    Jason Lynch Lighting Designer

  • Justin Ellington

    Justin Ellington Sound Designer

  • Alden Vasquez

    Alden Vasquez Production Stage Manager

  • Kimberly Ann McCann

    Kimberly Ann McCann Stage Manager

  • Lauren Port

    Lauren Port Casting

  • Fatima Sowe

    Fatima Sowe Dramaturg

  • Phyllis E. Griffin

    Phyllis E. Griffin Voice & Dialect Coach

  • Am'Ber D. Montgomery

    Am'Ber D. Montgomery Assistant Director

Talks & Events
  • Drinks & Discussion Events

    Drinks & Discussion Events

    Throughout the run

    Enhance your theater-going experience with one of our Drinks & Discussion Series events! Stay after select performances for a Post-Show Discussion and a complimentary glass of wine, or come early to select performances for a PlayTalk Session and a complimentary glass of wine.


  • Scene Night: School Girls

    Scene Night

    Thursday, March 12 | 5:30pm Reception + 7:30pm Performance

    Join the Scenemakers Board for a pre-show reception at Catch 35, then take your seat in the Albert Theatre for the biting and boyant comedy School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. Tickets will be available at a later date.


  • Sorority Night: School Girls

    Sorority Night

    Friday, March 20 | 6:45pm Reception + 8pm Performance

    Enjoy a pre-show reception with your sorority sisters (food provided by Blue Plate Catering) then, treat yourself to a performance of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. Tickets are just $35 with NO handling fee!


  • Fierce & Fab Women's Night

    Fierce & Fab! Women's Night 2020

    Tuesday, March 31 | 5:30pm Reception + 7:30pm Performance

    Don't miss an unforgettable evening of cocktails, dinner and networking—featuring a performance of School Girls: Or, The African Mean Girls PlayFirst, enjoy a pre-show reception at Club Petterino's, then take a short walk to the Goodman for the show.


  • College Night: School Girls

    College Night

    Wednesday, April 1 | 6pm Reception + 7:30pm Performance

    Join us for a pre-show reception (food provided by Cafecito) where you'll have the chance to meet fellow theater-loving college students and participate in a conversation with Goodman Theatre artists, before seeing Jocelyn Bioh's off-Broadway sensation, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play.


Recommended Reads

Join us for any of the following accessible performances.

Questions? Please contact 312.443.3800 (voice), 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD) or email

Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour and Audio-Described Performance
Saturday, April 4
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance

American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30pm

Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Saturday, April 11 at 2pm

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Season Lineup

2019/2020 Season

Join us for a season of visionary work featuring fresh and energetic voices—eight plays with the power to entertain, challenge and fearlessly reflect our world.

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