There are two remarkable women at the heart of Philip Dawkins’ new play “Charm,” which opened Monday at MCC’s Off Broadway Lucille Lortel Theatre.

One is Miss Gloria Allen, a 73-year-old retired nurse and transgender woman who rose to new prominence several years ago by teaching an etiquette class to youth at an LGBTQ center in inner-city Chicago. She inspired Dawkins’ lead character, here dubbed Mama Darleena Andrews, who has been “living my truth since I was 19.”

The second is Sandra Caldwell, a veteran actress with recurring and guest roles on shows like “Soul Food” and “Law & Order SVU,” who brings Mama to full and glorious life on stage — perhaps empowered by her decision to make public her own truth as a transgender woman. Read the rest of the review at TheWrap.

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