Pullman Porter Blues


Pullman Porter Blues

Posted by: Anjelica Velazquez at 09/23/2013 04:00 PM
Pullman Porter Blues

The very powerful Pullman Porter Blues seems to easily express that taking advantage of people for the way they work or who they are is not right. The beginning of the production is amazing and influential; the actor’s singing really shows how they feel. Everyone in the audience could feel their emotions from the stage and they bring it beautifully into the crowd. The pride that Pullman porters take in their work is really articulated by the scenery; and of course, by the actors. The lighting gives the audience cues about who to watch and who is giving an important speech.


History Meets Soul

Posted by: Cheritta Jenkins at 09/23/2013 04:00 PM
History Meets Soul

After seeing Cheryl West’s “Pullman Porter Blues”, the first word that comes to my mind is “soul”. The characters all had a certain pizzazz about them that took what could’ve been a fairly tedious play to an entirely different level.


Composing the Blues

Posted by: Ariel Majewski at 09/23/2013 04:30 PM
Composing the Blues

In an era where the evolution of an African American middle-class society gradually emerged, Pullman Porters continued to experience roaring prejudice and harsh renounce while serving the riders on the Pullman Trains. Director Chuck Smith brilliantly depicted such drama through the eyes of three related generations. Each family member presented endurance, strength, and courage against the “traditional” view of the African American—all musically entwined with their well-renowned, flavorful culture of the blues.


22 Hours

Posted by: Sophia Goethals at 09/23/2013 04:30 PM
22 Hours

For as long as I can remember I have always hated musicals.


Bone Chilling

Posted by: Melody DeRogatis at 09/23/2013 05:00 PM
Bone Chilling

The rich, fascinating, bone-chilling story of the Pullman porter experience begins when the aesthetically arresting train doors magically open by themselves in “Pullman Porter Blues” .Then, we are taken on a confusing, but ultimately satisfying ride through the lives of three generations of Pullman porters, a racist railroad conductor, a drunken singer, and a hopeful homeless woman.


Pullman Porter Blues

Posted by: Ashley Smith at 09/23/2013 12:00 PM
Pullman Porter Blues

This emotionally, uplifting, and powerful musical drama leaves you speechless. Uncovering the lives of three generation Pullman Porter workers, whose world completely unfolds when drama reaches its peak.


A Feeling of Hope for the Future

Posted by: Madeleine Driscoll at 09/23/2013 01:00 PM
A Feeling of Hope for the Future

This past Saturday I went to see the play Pullman Porter Blues at the Goodman Theater. It was written by Cheryl .L West and directed by Chuck Smith.  The play follows a grandfather, a father, and a grandson all working as Pullman Porters on a train from Chicago, IL, to New Orleans, LA.

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