In Mean Girls, Janis Ian informs Cady of the various cliques at every high school in America, including J.V. jocks, Asian nerds, cool Asians, varsity jocks, unfriendly black hotties, girls who eat their feelings, girls who don’t eat anything, desperate wannabes, burnouts, and sexually active band geeks. She forgot a group: sexually confused theater nerds. You know the ones: they talk about Chicago and Rent with a passion that borders on uncomfortably excited.
Every year, there was one big production — at my school, it was You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown — before the real fun began for the theater kids: the cast party. Then things got really sweaty and nervous. It’s hard to imagine Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda not being the internet’s sophisticated boyfriend, but there was a time where he, too, was awkward. It’s called high school. SNL resurrected that teenage horror through yet another performance of The Crucible with the ladies from “(Do It On My) Twin Bed” and Miranda.
It was painfully familiar for every theater kid.