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

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

“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. This “gleeful African makeover of an American genre” (The New York Times) spotlights the universal similarities—and glaring differences—of teenage girls around the globe.

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Critical Praise
  • "A gleeful African makeover of an American genre"

    - The New York Times

  • 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

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.


  • Scene Night: School Girls

    Scene Night: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

    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.


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

See All Accessibility Information for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

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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