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 an old-fashioned show in a modern setting. Themes: Old can teach young. Everyone wants respect. Manners count. Everyone has secrets
Don't see it if you want perfection. Charm needs major editing. Some actors mumble. Ending is unearned. Mama gets wearing (all the "babies" and "beautiful")
See it if Surprisingly realistic writing/performances. Touching story. Exciting. Thought-provoking.
Don't see it if you don't want to learn more about the plight of the transgender.
See it if You like comedic drama's with true to life characters. The performances are VERY real. Engaging story that is interesting & entertaining.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in stories with LGBT characters or open to learning more about their lives.
See it if you want to see a show that is both satisfying plot-wise and compelling/thought-provoking in the things it has to say about the world.
Don't see it if you're looking for fun escapism. (There's plenty of fun. Definitely no escapism.)
See it if Trans "Mama" mentors homeless younger trans people on caring, empathy and respect. Eye opening story based on real people.
Don't see it if Collection of character vignettes. Sentimental and lacking in intensity at times.
See it if Transgender/gender questioning community get their day to shine led by a radiant lead performance from Sarah Caldwell Will Davis' staging A+
Don't see it if Dawkins' play a bit episodic with characters drawn with brush strokes. But the humanity & general empathy shines through First rate ensemble
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 an entertaining and offbeat take on sexuality and political correctness excites you.
Don't see it if feel good plays with quirky predictable characters bore you.
Also Sandra Caldwell's performance was great.
See it if The hopefulness of dealing with life on the fringes of social respect is appealing. Great intentions, just nothing surprising other than...
Don't see it if the fact that the characters wrestling with a cruel world are lbgt. Some very good acting. Needs stronger resolution prior to opening night.
See it if you want emotionally- and socially-powerful and relevant theater. Superb acting, a story full of heart, & strong messages. Caldwell soars.
Don't see it if you're not open to LGBT-affirming work, particularly about homeless and racial minority trans and queer-identified youth. Strong language.
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.
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 love new voices, good writing, excellent actors, new talent, unsettling but important stories and issues, funny moments, great costumes.
Don't see it if questions perfectly answered and happy endings are a requirement; challenging the social norms and stereotypes is uncomfortable
See it if You want to see sexual identity and gender issues addressed in a thoughtful yet entertaining way.
Don't see it if You are don't like to see gay/trans themes explored on stage and are not interesting in expanding your horizons and understandings.
See it if you have an open mind and don't mind learning when you are at the theater.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with trans issues or trans people. Also, if you aren't able to suspend disbelief.
See it if You want to see a heartfelt play about issues confronted by the transgendered community.
Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing a play about transgendered teens.
See it if you want to see an amazingly talented and diverse cast of young people, which grapples with heavy issues and yet somehow still feels light.
Don't see it if you're expecting easy answers, if you want model minorities or if you're uncomfortable w/ the complexities/shifting sands of teen identities
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