Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake): A Bittersweet Black Comedy
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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Rather than "A Bittersweet Black Comedy," a more appropriate description would be "A Cacophonous Assault on the Senses." Shelly Hacco's portrayal of Janice was perhaps the shrillest, most ear-splitting performance in the history of American Theater. My friend who accompanied me to the show summed it up best describing the whole experience as "a punishment."
Quotes & Highlights
“It was the best play I’ve seen in Los Angeles.” —LA Splash
“Certainly an original piece of work … an inventive mix of humor, creepiness and the bizarre … something truly different. The set design by Danny Cistone is fascinatingly askew with clever trap-doors, an innovative multi-level stage and details that reveal the characters’ inner turmoil. It’s one of the best designs I’ve seen in a long time. " —Frontiers in LA
“Crumble is a coming-of-age story about the power of love: love for a celebrity, love for your family, love for your home and love for your own life…Though it’s a bit kooky, the compelling mother-daughter-apartment relationship will keep you on the edge of your seat.” –-Daily Trojan
“Theatre 68 and director Ronnie Marmo have done an exceptional job at presenting a production that forces its audience to think, to experience, and yes, to understand … loss. This was not an easy production to direct, I am certain, and Marmo has done so beautifully.” —California Theatre Critic
“Director Ronnie Marmo keeps the action nicely choreographed over Danny Cistone’s sprawling set.” —Stage Mage
“Crumble shows the worst of what grief can do to an already dysfunctional family … quite stunning … an amazing dreamscape.” —LA Theatre Critic