Crumbs From the Table of Joy
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Crumbs From the Table of Joy

Crumbs From the Table of Joy NYC Reviews and Tickets

(28 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

The first New York revival of the play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage.

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Member Reviews (28)

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249 Reviews | 27 Followers
Must see, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing

See it if you want to see a wonderfully written play involving black families that will resonate with everyone, a play where every word has its place.

Don't see it if you want to see a light play, a comedy, or a musical. Read more

494 Reviews | 267 Followers
Intelligent, Outstanding direction by colette robert, Funny, Great acting ensemble, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the play that introduced Lynn Nottage to the New York Theatre scene. You enjoy watching an excellent acting ensemble.

Don't see it if you don't like small, intimate productions. This play has one set and no flashy pyrotechnics.

256 Reviews | 32 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Beautiful, poetic writing and resonant themes. Wonderful, vivid characters. Not much better out there.

Don't see it if looking for mindless fluff that passes for theater nowadays.

127 Reviews | 32 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of the author and want to see where she began. Enjoy excellent and often surprising acting.

Don't see it if You are seeking flashy entertainment Read more

119 Reviews | 10 Followers
Great acting, Relevant, Humane, Moving, Intelligent

See it if you want to see an early play by Lynn Nottage, arguably our greatest living playwright, that is rarely performed and very worthwhile.

Don't see it if you like plays with elaborate staging, multiple sets, and stage effects. This is a modest production, but very well done. Read more

139 Reviews | 24 Followers
Must see, Intense, Poignant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a Nottage fan. This was not predictable. Told through the eyes of a teen who lost her mother. Great ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if you are looking for big staging, if you don't like a complex story of a Black family.

271 Reviews | 89 Followers
Historical, Poignant, Not predictable, Great acting

See it if Family drama told from teen’s perspective and acted beautifully makes you really feel for each character. Thoughtful early Nottage play

Don't see it if While making historical points it’s a multidimensional story about a black family with throwaway one dimensional mentions of a Jewish family

90 Reviews | 6 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a story about an African American family and the struggles encountered migrating from the south to the north.

Don't see it if You are not interested in Black life, the Great Migration, a father trying to raise two daughters alone and racism.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
March 7th, 2023

“In Colette Robert’s quiet, mostly sure-handed production for Keen Company, ‘Crumbs From the Table of Joy’ is a pleasure for several reasons: rarity, for one, this being the play’s first New York revival since its premiere in 1995.”
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March 8th, 2023

“An underappreciated gem from an incredibly talented dramatist, ‘Crumbs From the Table of Joy’ is the kind of play that Keen Company does best. The company makes a meal out of Crumbs with this outstanding revival, giving it a much-deserved second look in New York.”
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Lighting & Sound America
March 9th, 2023

“Keen Company is presenting a solid revival of Crumbs that will be of interest to Nottage fans, scholars, and completists but is less likely to captivate the general theatregoer. If nothing else, it shows how the playwright's restless intelligence inevitably draws her to some of the more fascinating episodes of Black American history.”
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Talkin' Broadway
March 7th, 2023

“If you are familiar with the playwright's wicked sense of humor you'll recognize the style even in this early work...So even if ‘Crumbs From the Table of Joy’ is less than top-drawer Nottage, it is pretty much must-see for admirers of the playwright. Keen Company, director Colette Robert, and the excellent cast have done themselves proud with this production, which is dramatic, funny, and highly entertaining.”
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New York Stage Review
March 7th, 2023

“If you’re familiar with Nottage’s works, you’re sure to notice a few details in ‘Crumbs’ that surface in other plays. But ‘Crumbs’ has a voice all its own. It also has one of the most jaw-dropping Act 1 endings you’ll ever see.”
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New York Stage Review
March 7th, 2023

"Every single actor turns in a performance which could not conceivably be improved upon. If you weren’t fortunate enough to be on hand for the play’s debut, don’t miss this opportunity to catch up."
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March 14th, 2023

While this first New York revival of "Crumbs from the Table of Joy" does not reach the heights of Nottage’s later Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, "Ruined" and "Sweat," it proves to be a very charming and competent look at growing up Black in Brooklyn during the McCarthy Era. Under the direction of Colette Robert, the fine cast holds our interest with this domestic comedy drama. Always engrossing, the play demonstrates Nottage’s ability to write about race, social change and economic deprivation in an engaging manner. Nottage proves to have been a very accomplished playwright from the outset of her career.
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Theater Pizzazz
March 8th, 2023

“This struggling family may have to scrounge for their crumbs of joy, but Nottage makes sure the audience leaves the theater fully nourished.”
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