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Charm

From 22 critic and 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?



85
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Funny

See it if you want your empathy and your funny bone to be equally engaged

Don't see it if you are rigid.

85
Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense, Funny

See it if you are interested in how 2 generations can come together over common problems and issues. Ending could have been better.

Don't see it if you have any pre-conceived notions and prejudices of the LGBT community.

Also Sandra Caldwell is amazing.

84
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Funny

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.

Also I did not expect to enjoy this show as much as I did. The characters s... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing

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.

83
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Fluffy

See it if Support hard-working, young actors. Real-world stories with humor and heart.

Don't see it if Close-minded.

83
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you think you are open to the concept of teaching etiquette to some of society's outcasts. Reminiscent of TO SIR WITH LOVE.

Don't see it if you can't deal with the subject of transsexuality​.

82
Absorbing, Funny, Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if An important play about the struggles of low income/homeless trans youths. Thought provocking, funny and ultimately very moving.

Don't see it if You’re not interest in LGBT issues.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You feel underrepresented as a whole in mainstream media or want to see a group of talented, whole-hearted actors tell a touching story.

Don't see it if You want a linear, realism-esque play. I think this play is vital for everyone to see regardless of gender expression/sexuality.

81
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Clever

See it if You are into gender-equality and support transgender rights, arts and theatre.

Don't see it if You are expecting Tony Award winning performances.

Also The ending of the play was disappointing. It builds you up to a climax... Read more Read less

81
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny, Moving, Entertaining

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)

80
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Relevant, Poignant

See it if you like imaginative presentation of real life issues that affect the trans population; dynamic performances, & the audience was great!

Don't see it if you're not interested in diversity a.k.a. reality

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you can. A story about kindness and openness to all that works on several levels. Great cast

Don't see it if You don't like theater about LGBT issues, although Charm is, at least on one level, imore global than that

80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in different life-styles and the difficulties of transgender individuals. you want a fun evening with a message.

Don't see it if you don't want to see transgender and other alternative lifestyles.

80
Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy docudrama-style plays and stories about real people. These characters need to be seen onstage played by appropriately cast actors.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate realistic, simple, slice of life plays.

80
Delightful, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like feel good stories.

Don't see it if you cannot deal with the trans culture or do not like plays with GLBT themes

Also Took a chance on seeing this and surprising enjoyed it. Good young cas... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to know more about people in the trans community or like shows about troubled youth and coming of age stories

Don't see it if You’re not interested in the trans community

80
Loveable characters, Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Could have gone deeper

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.

80
Ambitious, Relevant

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.

79
Funny, Quirky, Delightful, Timely, Warm

See it if You might like a show that focuses on including people who live on the margins, even today.

Don't see it if You are not interested in social issues, or have no/low tolerance for LGBTQ topic.

79
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Banal

See it if you want to support transgender performers in a play dealing with being transgender in these times.

Don't see it if While there are breakthroughs there is much of a "well-made play" about it touched with some Jean Brodie.

79
Profound, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Important

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.

79
Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to be entertained and moved by a great set of characters of a type too often under-represented in mainstream theater and film.

Don't see it if you are hoping for a well developed treatment of the gender/transgender theme. The characters are more interesting than the play as a whole.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Quirky

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.

78
Ambitious, Relevant, Compelling, Timely, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an extraordinary ensemble (led by the inimitable Sandra Caldwell) in a compelling, smartly directed play

Don't see it if f-bombs & yelling aren't your thing; if you are confused by gender diversity

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You want a good story, good writing, and good acting. A great story of opinions on gender dichotomies between generations. Thought-provoking

Don't see it if You aren't open-minded.


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