TRIBUNE: Bye bye, Lindsay Lohan. In Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ on Broadway, the arty geeks take center stage.

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The Chicago Tribune is reporting, ““Sometimes I feel like an iPhone without a case,” muses one of the teens in the new Broadway musical “Mean Girls,” written by Tina Fey and set among the cliques and geeks of what now is a carefully veiled stand-in for New Trier High School in Winnetka. “I know I’m worth a lot and I have good functions, but I could just shatter.”

That line tells you two things. One is that Fey still writes funnier, smarter, sharper satire than most anyone else in the business. Another is that we are no longer in 2004, the home habitat of Regina George. Her lunch table in the original movie might have been the epitome of elitist exclusion — put your hair in a ponytail once too often and you were sent to Siberia with the math geeks — but it was not filled with teens staring at their screens. In 2004, all of the conflict was delivered face to face. Halcyon days. Mean the girls may have been, but they at least looked in the eyes of their victims as they injected their venom. No more, folks, no more. Now you just hit post and scurry away…”

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