by jocelyn bioh. world premiere. premiered: mcc theater, nyc. november 2017. directed by rebecca taichman. sets: arnulfo maldonado. costumes: dede ayite. lights: jen schriever. sound: palmer hefferan. photography: arnulfo maldonado, joan marcus.
"...something fascinating happens when the author, Jocelyn Bioh, a New York playwright and actor, applies those templates to the world of her parents, who emigrated from Ghana in 1968. The nasty-teen comedy genre emerges wonderfully refreshed and even deepened by its immersion in a world it never considered." -- on SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY, The New York Times. NY Times Critic's Pick
"Part of the hilarity of Bioh's writing is seeing retro '80s American culture through a Ghanaian filter, something Taichman emphasizes in the design. From Paulina's pink poofy prom dress to Eloise's yacht captain outfit, Dede M. Ayita's costumes are a hoot, especially in the context of Arnulfo Maldonado's West African cafeteria. Mountain air and natural light (by Jen Schriever) seep into the room, cooled by nine ceiling fans."-- on SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY, Theatermania.
"The play takes place in 1986 at the Aburi Girls’ Boarding School in central Ghana. Eighties pop music in the opening sequence quickly conveys the era, Arnulfo Maldonado’s simple set, aided by Jen Schriever’s lighting suggestive of hot sun outside, convincingly places us in a Ghanaian high school cafeteria, and the opening dialogue between the clique of girls leaves us in little doubt as to the broad strokes of their characters." -- on SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY, Exeunt Magazine.