Tag: Chuck Smith

The History Lesson of the Pullman Porter Blues

The Pullman Porter Blues is a fascinating theatrical production.    It tells several stories.   The story is written by Cheryl West and directed by Chuck Smith and has just been extended to October 27 at The Goodman Theater.  The most important story for me was it is a play about how three generations of black males... Read more »

“By The Way, Meet Vera Stark” at The Goodman Theatre

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This is a story about pretty talented Black women in the 1930’s who wanted to be in the movies.  It speaks to the likes of Josephine Baker, Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge.  This is a story about the black imagery , limitations, stereotypes and images of Black actresses as they aspired to the screen.  This... Read more »


RACE is a must see.  It talks about America’s elephant.  It is real.  It is contemporary.  It talks straight forward and with a brutal honesty about racial perceptions.  David Mamet wrote about what people think about but don’t say. This is one of Chuck Smith’s best directions. The story is about a wealthy white man... Read more »