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 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.
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.