Quincy Tyler Bernstine, who was seen on Broadway in In the Next Room, currently stars Off-Broadway in the Ars Nova production of Small Mouth Sounds, which was recently extended through October 9. Here, the actress shares the theatrical performances that most affected her as part of the audience.
Without a doubt, one of the greatest performances I have ever had the privilege of witnessing. It took my breath away. Being in that theatre with her (and the entire company) was a truly life-changing experience for me. Both times I saw it. Life. Changing.
I had to go back and see this show a second time. I was so blown away by his performance, it was just a master class in everything.
I adore this man. I adore his work. In everything. His heart is so big, and he is incapable of a false moment on stage, which makes him incredible to watch.
I just thought she was absolutely brilliant as Polly Wyeth. I left the theatre thinking, “Man, I would sure love to be on a stage with her someday. I’d even be happy with a walk-on!”
Phylicia Rashad in Gem of the Ocean
Ms. Rashad’s performance as Aunt Ester was transformational. I thought what she did on that stage was truly remarkable.
Daveed Diggs/Leslie Odom, Jr. in Hamilton
Just delicious and delightful performances!
Viola Davis in King Hedley II
That was the first (and far from the last) time I ever saw Viola onstage. And I will never forget it. Such a beautiful performance.
All of the Kids in School of Rock
Those kids are so incredibly talented. I couldn’t believe they were playing their own instruments! I was blown away. Oh my goodness. Adorable. I couldn’t stop smiling after I left the theatre.
Cherry Jones in Major Barbara
I have loved this play for a very long time, and Cherry Jones can do no wrong, as far as I am concerned. I absolutely loved her portrayal of Barbara Undershaft.
Jayne Houdyshell in Well
I love this woman and everything she does. The magic she made while sitting in that armchair was astonishing. Well was my introduction to her brilliance, and I have been a fan ever since.