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 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 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 haven't seen a play about the trans community and want a solid (albeit fluffy) introduction to the community.
Don't see it if If you an uncomfortable with the trans community, and if you expect a deep plot.
See it if you want to support a production that authentically casts a diverse production. You like lively staging.
Don't see it if you want to see a well-written play or nuanced characters. The script needs restructuring, and the characters are broad stereotypes.
See it if You want to understand more about transgender, both historically and currently.
Don't see it if You want to be entertained for the entire play.
See it if are interested in seeing a play that portrays a variety of transgender people.
Don't see it if expect to learn much about transgender people and their problems.
Also This might fare better as a trimmed 90-minute play.
See it if You have patience for new scripts. Have an interest in trans issues. Don't need a fully baked product.
Don't see it if Are easily frustrated by stereotypical writing and portrayals. Are easily offended by language and bothered by screaming dialogue.
See it if you do not expect too much "charm." A superficial portrait of transgender youth rejected by society being taught by "model" trans volunteer
Don't see it if expect insight into the challenges transgender youth face or expect nuanced portraits of those young people. Acting is variable; some humor.
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