The Greatest Performances of All
Actually, Ms. May's performance as the deteriorating dementia sufferer may be the single greatest performance we have ever witnessed. It was so real, one wondered if, in fact, she was really ill. There wasn't a single second of it that felt like we were watching someone acting. What a privilege to have been there to see her.
Cynthia Erivo as Celie in The Color Purple
Hers was a literal "I can't take my eyes off of her" performance. When she sang, you could feel it in your bones. When she spoke, you could feel it in your heart. She took an iconic role, and not only made it her own, she redefined it. Ms. Erivo left everything she had on that stage and it was stunning to watch. We were left in tears, not just for the character, but for the experience.
Katrina Lenk as Dina in The Band's Visit
When people talk about a mesmerizing performance, Ms. Lenk's turn in this show is what they mean. At times enigmatic, hers was as ethereal and fleeting as jasmine scented wind. Her brilliance came not in bombastic, powerful belting and scenery chewing, but in quiet, careful choices, so specific, you found yourself hanging on every word. It was a gorgeous performance.