Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Keen Company's Crumbs From the Table of Joy? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Keen Company's Crumbs From the Table of Joy?

The Lynn Nottage play opened Off-Broadway March 7.

Lynn Nottage

Keen Company's Off-Broadway revival of two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage's Crumbs From the Table of Joy officially opened at Theatre Row's Theatre Five March 7, and the reviews are in. Directed by Colette Robert, the production began performances February 21 and will continue through April 1.

The cast includes Shanel Bailey (The Book of Mormon), Jason Bowen (The Play That Goes Wrong), Sharina Martin (The Piano Lesson), Natalia Payne (Fairview), and Malika Samuel (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

The work follows 17-year-old Ernestine Crump as her family relocates from Pensacola to Brooklyn after the death of her mother. Keen's production is the work's first in New York City since its 1995 premiere at Second Stage, which served as Nottage's professional debut.

Read the reviews below.

New York Stage Review (Melissa Rose Bernardo, Sandy MacDonald)

New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

The New York Times (Laura Collins-Hughes)*

Talkin' Broadway (Howard Miller)

TheaterMania (Zachary Stewart)

Theater Pizzazz (Stuart Miller)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Robert's creative team includes scenic designer Brendan Gonzales Boston, costume designer Johanna Pan, lighting designer Anshuman Bhatia, sound designer Broken Chord, wig designer Nikiya Mathis, and prop designer Caitlyn Murphy. Shane Schnetzler is production stage manager, and the production is cast by tbd casting's Stephanie Yankwitt.

The production is presented with support from Rosalind Productions.

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