The Off-Broadway theater company MCC keeps putting up homerun after homerun and last year's School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play was on so many people's Top 10 lists for the year...and it's coming back this October for what is expected to be a very sold out re-mounting. Get tickets NOW or don't say we didn't warn 'ya!

This new play is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a comedy about teenage girls at a boarding school in Ghana.


1. Jocelyn Bioh's writing. In addition to making a name for herself Off-Broadway recently as an actress, Jocelyn is now setting the stage as a playwright with a big, bright future ahead of her, too. Her delicious writing is refreshingly earnest and heartfelt with robust, yet very accessible, characters. She accomplishes that very rare thing of making you laugh and cry at the same time...but, mostly laugh!

2. Zainab Jah. Quite simply, there's something magical about her. You won't be able to keep your eyes off of her when she's on the stage as she delivers a pitch perfect performance as a former beauty queen who now recruits young women for pageants. Take note of this incredibly special actress.

3. The Whitney Houston moment. Without ruining the surprise, the girls perform a Whitney Houston song in a ridiculous scene that brings down the house. You'll be doubled over in laughter at and in utter disbelief at how well this moment is pulled off.

Photos: Joan Marcus

4. Mirirai Sithole. She's the best. There's a reason we put her in YesBroadway's 2018 40 Under 40. Mirirai shines and sparkles onstage in School Girls, just like she did in The Homecoming Queen. She's amazing! Mirirai 4 Prez!

5. Rebecca Taichman's direction. It's no wonder she won a Tony Award® for directing last season's Indecent. Rebecca finds the power in quiet and tender moments behind the main action that make the story robust and full of life without taking away from what's happening front and center. Yes, yes, and more yes to Rebecca Taichman!

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play starts (again) Off-Broadway on October 16.

Photos: We stopped into a rehearsal and asked the cast, director, and playwright:

What would you say to your teenage self right now?