Quincy Tyler Bernstine Shares Her Memorable Theatregoing Experiences

Favorite Things   Their Favorite Things: Quincy Tyler Bernstine Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences Viola Davis, Cherry Jones and Stephen McKinley Henderson are among the actress’ favorites.
Quincy Tyler Bernstine

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.

Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple

Cynthia Erivo in <i>The Color Purple</i>
Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple Matthew Murphy

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.

Mark Rylance in Jerusalem

Mark Rylance in <i>Jerusalem</i>
Mark Rylance in Jerusalem Photo by Simon Annand

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.

Stephen McKinley Henderson in Fences

Denzel Washington and Stephen McKinley Henderson in <i>Fences</i>.
Denzel Washington and Stephen McKinley Henderson in Fences. Joan Marcus

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.

Stockard Channing in Other Desert Cities

Judith Light and Stockard Channing in <i>Other Desert Cities</i>
Judith Light and Stockard Channing in Other Desert Cities Joan Marcus

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

Phylicia Rashad (left) and LisaGay Hamilton in <i>Gem of the Ocean</i>
Phylicia Rashad and Lisa Gay Hamilton in Gem of the Ocean Carol Rosegg

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

Leslie Odom, Jr and the company of<i> Hamilton</i>
Leslie Odom, Jr and the company of Hamilton Joan Marcus

Just delicious and delightful performances!

Viola Davis in King Hedley II

Viola Davis
Viola Davis Joseph Marzullo/WENN

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

The children of School of Rock - The Musical
The children of School of Rock - The Musical Matthew Murphy

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

 Denis O&#39;Hare and Cherry Jones in<i> Major Barbara </i>
Denis O'Hare and Cherry Jones in Major Barbara Joan Marcus

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

Jayne Houdyshell in <i>Well</i>
Jayne Houdyshell in Well Joan Marcus

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.

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