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
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
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
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
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.