“There are two kinds of women,” Gina Lombardi’s dissolute mother tells her. “Those who know how to make an entrance–and those who don’t.” Gina’s mother is Kansas Winters, a wannabe Hollywood actress from Kansas City turned alcoholic porn star. Having a mother like Kansas, who matches her drinks to her dresses–pink chiffon means a pink lady–dooms Gina from the get-go. At 15 she starts having sex with her mother’s boyfriends: “They weren’t the ethical elite,” she says. “They were men with mustaches.” A few years later she gets a job in a strip club and goes blonde, like her mother before her. Her life goes downhill from there. Writer-performer Ilana Manaster in her melancholy solo show delves deeply into Gina’s seedy world through sharply written monologues and one-person scenes. Using wigs, accents, and body language, Manaster creates not only the world-weary Kansas and her bright, hopeful, deluded daughter but also a straight-talking stripper, one of Kansas’s seedy boyfriends, and several others. Well-integrated film clips help flesh out the story and add a spark of realism. We see a nervous Kansas in 1967, stumbling through her first screen test. Kansas showing off her first home with wide, proud gestures–then showing off her body as a nascent porn actress. And Gina laughing uncontrollably as she gets married by a justice of the peace. Manaster’s story of emptiness and lonely struggle feels real and heartbreaking–as does the surly but thoughtful redemption Gina finally earns. Chicago Cultural Center, studio theater, 78 E. Washington, 773-274-6660. Through October 11: Friday-Saturday, 7 PM. $12.