Best Student Play

A late-September 2019 production was a tad too late for inclusion in last year’s Best of Nashville issue, but this one has stayed on my mind ever since I saw it. Belmont University’s Crumbs From the Table of Joy by acclaimed playwright Lynn Nottage tells the story of a Black 1950s-era family grieving the loss of its matriarch. Director jeff obafemi carr inspired excellent performances by Phaedra McDowell, Tea Sherrill, Ryan Browning, Janey Elliott and — especially — Althea Baldwin. Produced by Belmont professor Paul Gatrell, Crumbs showed us that the future of theater looks bright. ERICA CICCARONE

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