Best Of 2018

Best new-to-us actor we want to see more: JUSTIN SMITH

Best new-to-us actor we want to see more

When Justin Smith walked onstage as Rory in Sheila Cowley’s Flying, he took command of the stage — even while playing a nervous war-battered veteran who is really just a kid. Throughout this flat-out amazing production, he seduced nuances out of his character while seducing the audience. His thoughtful performance, matched by both his talent and that of fellow castmates Becca McCoy and Rosemary Orlando — with whom he had the most stage time — burned the words of Cowley’s bittersweet script into my brain. thejustinsmith.com. —Cathy Salustri