MCC Theater presents a new play about a black, sexagenarian transwoman named Mama Darleena Andrews teaching an etiquette class at a Chicago LGBTQ community center. More…
Mama quickly finds that the idealistic teachings of Emily Post clash with the real-life challenges of identity, poverty, and prejudice faced by her students. Inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen and her work at Chicago’s Center on Halsted, Philip Dawkins' 'Charm' asks, how do we lift each other up when the world wants to tear us down?
See it if You want to see a really well written, acted, directed, staged and very topical show. Well done!!
Don't see it if You have no interest in transgender issues or have no patience for anything even approaching political correctness.
See it if you’re open-minded to LGBTQ—and really, human—issues. Or better, if you’re close-minded, as this is the medicine you need.
Don't see it if you’re looking for more of the same kind of story. This is a refreshing and necessary story told by voices that need to be heard.
See it if you enjoy a drama with humor and pathos. Some scenes were amusing and others very touching. Good acting and nice use of stage.
Don't see it if you don't like dialogue about gays or transgenders. You can enjoy this show just as a well done drama.
See it if Poignant tale of a group of trans homeless youth, their issues and problems, & why they "act out". Strong-willed teacher carries the show.
Don't see it if You'd prefer a musical. (But there's a couple of awesome dance-breaks with music that I'd love to see made into a music video!)
See it if you like being involved in the characters' lives; like good acting, especially Ms. Caldwell; comedic, touching, sweet and full of heart;
Don't see it if Enjoyable for those who believe all people are equal; for those who don't, see it and try to accept; play could benefit from more depth and
Also some improved scene transitions, especially toward the end.
See it if Interested in the lives and stories of people who are often marginalized, told in a touching, engaging way.
Don't see it if Don't want to acknowledge the struggles for transgender people, don't like a little fantasy, don't like the premise.
See it if you don't mind loud musical interludes, stereotypical trans and homosexual characters; a well-intentioned play which just went over the top
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with these gender types; you need a more concise story line with less fooling around; you dislike loud music.
See it if you enjoy seeing amateur actors in a very personal story, and are sympathetic to trans-gender themes and challenges.
Don't see it if you are expecting a polished script or consistent performances, or are sensitive to lots of yelling and coarse language.
See it if you want to support transgender theatre, which I do.But the plot was trite, most of the acting was weak, script had plot holes.
Don't see it if you were expecting THE play about transgender issues.This tries, but it misses the boat.Worth seeing but not what I had hoped it would be.
See it if very touching & enlightening story about gender identification with wonderful characters; S. Caldwell was great as the leader of the class
Don't see it if you are close-minded; a little loud & confusing in the beginning (but once you learn more about the characters it is very moving)
See it if you're willing to suspend a lot of disbelief to get an insight into the LGBT community.
Don't see it if You've overdosed on LGBT issues, and are not familiar with current street parlance. Much of it I couldn't grasp, and I felt a bit cheated.
See it if you want to see a moving true story of a transgender woman who tried to bring hope and acceptance to a group of LGBTQ lost souls.
Don't see it if the subject matter makes you feel uncomfortable, or you are not interested in seeing portrayals of a group that society considers outcasts.
See it if You're interested in POVs from various members of (and outside) the LGBTQ+ community. You enjoy a small amount of shmaltz with your drama.
Don't see it if You find anything to do with gender identity boring or irrelevant to you as an audience member.
See it if You want to see a portrait of a heroine you haven't seen portrayed elsewhere , done with great heart
Don't see it if You have a problem with trans issues
See it if you have an interest in LGBT issues. The actors bring so much life to the play.
Don't see it if you need a well-formatted story. This one just seems to end. The ill-fitting conclusion negates the emotional climb of the rest of the play.
See it if You would love to laugh and realize you want to delve into the meaning behind the jokes, the pain and loneliness.
Don't see it if You alienate yourself from the LGBTQ community. You do not want to confront issues in our country around race, sexuality, poverty.
See it if transgender teacher helps students feel better about themselves and their worth, and teaches that "charm" will allow one to fit in anywhere.
Don't see it if You are unaccepting of the LGBTQ Community, specifically the transgender community.
See it if You want to see a play dealing with trans issues in a realistic, unsanitized way. There is one character to which everyone can relate.
Don't see it if You're disinterested in trans topics or easily offended.
See it if you like well written plays beautifully acted. It will make you laugh and cry. Each character is a gem.
Don't see it if you don't want to see Transgender issues on stage.
See it if A moving take on young transgender people and the terrible situations that confront them. The play should be seen by those interested.
Don't see it if The subject matter bothers you and their is little sympathy for transgender, life is hard on them and they need a supporting audience.