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School Girls; Or, The African… | Portland Center Stage at The Armory
Stay after select performances for a Post-Show Discussion and a complimentary glass scool wine. Bioh, a native New Yorker gals parents emigrated from Ghana inhas made it her mission, theatrically and personally, to tell stories about African and African-American characters that buck expectation and defy stereotype. Please contact Open-Captioned Performance Saturday, April 11 at 2pm.
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But something fascinating happens when the author, Jocelyn Bioha New York playwright and actor, applies those templates to the world of her scool, who emigrated from Ghana in The nasty-teen comedy genre emerges wonderfully refreshed and even deepened by its immersion in a world it never considered.
Styling herself as a woman of the world, Paulina rules with both favors and cruelty. The other girls, who depend on Paulina for status, giggle — and later, in private, apologize.
The particular insult is no accident; looks are key to a story set in motion by the arrival at Aburi of gals recruiter for the Miss Ghana beauty pageant.
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play | Goodman Theatre
To this aspirational idea, Bioh adds the divisive issue of how beauty is perceived in a black society. The resentments that boil over in the play reflect some of the distorted priorities that white standards for physical perfection have imposed on the rest of the world.
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