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From 109 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny

About the show

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?

Member Reviews (109)


Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny

Banal, Edgy, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if I believe , if you have nothing good to say.......

Don't see it if Very over the top, and far too many sequins!

Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Overrated, Offensive

See it if you like elitist, racist, transphobic, homophobic, misogynistic minstrel shows.

Don't see it if you think exploring identity politics excuses unforgivable mistakes.


See it if do not ever, ever see this or anything/anyone associated with it.

Don't see it if This was an outrageously offensive transphobic, racist, homophobic, misogynistic minstrel show of conservative, banal ethos.

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if gender politics is your cup of tea (with a side order of SHADE!)

Don't see it if you are expecting a well written gender politics play tied up in a FABULOUS bow. [DISCLOSURE: It's a BAD play and there's no FABULOUS bow.

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September 18th, 2017
"However predictable their arcs, these characters are far more fascinating than the usual lifeboat crew...Whenever 'Charm' focuses on their lives outside of class it maintains at least a documentary interest. But within the class, the noisy action—all shade and byplay—is too often superficial. Th...
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September 18th, 2017
"Dawkins and director Will Davis juggle a colorful array of characters with skill, and the actors, several of whom are transgender, form a wonderfully harmonious ensemble, especially when creating cacophony...Although the play’s ending is somewhat pat, the last scene of its first act—a tense, rev...
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September 18th, 2017
"A truly outstanding company of performers...Davis knits them into a clearly cohesive and affectionate ensemble, while allowing each of them to shine...The intelligence of 'Charm' is that it’s actually structured around Mama's awakening, as much as it is around the the transformation of the Youth...
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September 18th, 2017
"A bona-fide charmer...Davis directs a terrific ensemble cast in this bittersweet fantasy of perfect comity within the LGBTQ community...The characters aren’t as stereotyped as they sound, and the uniformly excellent cast humanizes every last one of them...For all its soft satire and good-natured...
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