– Chicago Sun-Times

July 30 - Aug 29, 2021 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 80 minutes with no intermission

School is back in session! This biting and buoyant comedy was playing to packed houses when our stages went dark—and you won't want to miss its triumphant return.

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. This “nasty-teen comedy, wonderfully refreshed and deepened” (The New York Times) spotlights the universal similarities—and glaring differences—of teenage girls around the globe.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Please note: Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings will be required for all patrons during performances of School Girls. In an effort to seat parties together and provide space between our guests, all tickets are available in groupings of 1, 2, 3 or 4 seats only. You must purchase all seats within a pod in order to checkout. Learn more at GoodmanTheatre.org/Protocols

Read Content Advisory Info
  • School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play is appropriate for ages 12 and up. It contains profanity and discussions of racism and colorism. For more information contact the box office at 312.443.3800


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Contact the box office at 312.443.3800 (12noon - 5pm, daily).

Critical Praise
  • School Girls delivers nonstop belly laughs along with a helping of heart”

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Highly entertaining and moving"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "It's back in all its hilarious and heartbreaking live glory"

    - Chicago Reader

  • “A welcome return to live theater”

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Truly a joy to watch"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "The first show back...is an excellent match for the moment"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • “A must-see for school girls, mean girls, and all people, everywhere” 

    - Chicago Sun-Times

Audience Response
  • A great show with humor and heart!

    Susan D. via Facebook

  • The cast was phenomenal...funny with a great message.

    Theresa R. via Facebook

  • Thanks for making us feel safe & welcome - and making us laugh!

    @austintichenor via Twitter

  • Fantastic play!!!! So funny and heartwarming, and the ladies performed beautifully. 🙌🏾♥️🔥

    LanDis F. via Facebook

  • Jocelyn Bioh

    Jocelyn Bioh Playwright

  • Lili-Anne Brown

    Lili-Anne Brown Director

  • Adia Alli

    Adia Alli Gifty

  • Kyrie Courter

    Kyrie Courter Ericka Boafo

  • Ashley Crowe

    Ashley Crowe Nana

  • Ciera Dawn

    Ciera Dawn Paulina Sarpong

  • Tiffany Renee Johnson

    Tiffany Renee Johnson Mercy

  • Adhana Reid

    Adhana Reid Ama

  • Tania Richard

    Tania Richard Headmistress Francis

  • Lanise Antoine Shelley

    Lanise Antoine Shelley Eloise Amponsah

  • Rory Furey-King

    Rory Furey-King Understudy

  • Eben K. Logan

    Eben K. Logan Understudy

  • Maya Vinice Prentiss

    Maya Vinice Prentiss Understudy

  • Shariba Rivers

    Shariba Rivers Understudy

  • Breon Arzell

    Breon Arzell Voiceover

  • Niko Kourtis

    Niko Kourtis Voiceover

  • 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 J. Vasquez

    Alden J. Vasquez Production Stage Manager

  • Caitlin Body

    Caitlin Body Stage Manager

  • Lauren Port

    Lauren Port Casting

  • Fatima Sowe

    Fatima Sowe Dramaturg

  • Phyllis E. Griffin

    Phyllis E. Griffin Voice & Dialect Coach

  • Cheretta Hill-Botchwey

    Cheretta Hill-Botchwey Dance Consultant

  • Am'Ber D. Montgomery

    Am'Ber D. Montgomery Asst. Director


Join us for any of the following accessible performances.

Questions? Please contact 312.443.3800 (voice), 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD) or email Access@GoodmanTheatre.org.

Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour* and Audio-Described Performance
Saturday, August 21
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance

American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Friday, August 27 at 8pm

Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Saturday, August 28 at 2pm

*Touch Tours for the 2021/2022 Season will not have access to the stage due to current health and safety protocols, but will feature alternate pre-show sensory introductions.

Recommended Reads
  • School Girls

    School's Back in Session

    See what the characters of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play have to say about the quest to become queen bee.


  • Skin Deep

    Skin Deep

    A Brief History of Race and the Beauty Pageant

    "ISchool Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, the teenage characters pine to win the Miss Global Universe Pageant, 1986. In the midst of their youth and enthusiasm, these Ghanaian young women aren’t yet aware that they are entering into a system rigged against them. The beauty pageant, as we know it, was born out of the idea that being beautiful required white skin."



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