Reviews

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opera composed by Benjamin Britten, 1961

Miss Coghill was the lightest, dancingest mote of a Puck one could ask for. It was a stroke of genius on Britten’s part to preserve Puck as a speaking role, and Miss Coghill brought the acting credibility of the spoken theatre to her assignment. She was as much acrobat as actress, and if she had leapt to the chandelier above the audience to proclaim what fools these mortals be, no one would have been surprised.

Alfred Frankenstein, San Francisco Chronicle


My Memories of You by Wendy Lill, 1989

The glory of this production is Joy Coghill's performance as Elizabeth Smart. Coghill's face is as bluntly gnarled, as sensitive and tough, as passionate and deeply wise, as rich with suffering and torment and peace, as some ancient representation of Socrates savouring the hemlock prepared by others but which he himself has willed to take.

Reg Skene, Chairman of the Drama Department, University of Winnipeg


...a startlingly good cast led but not dominated by Joy Coghill. The veteran actress gave the kind of performance for which you wait decades in the theatre.

Robert Enright, Border Crossings


Director, Noah's Flood (Noye's Fludde) by Benjamin Britten, 1995

Joy Coghill's uncluttered and highly effective directing left many a potent memory.

Timothy Pfaff, San Francisco Examiner


Ma! by Eric Nicol, 1981

Actress Joy Coghill gave an exceptional performance as Ma, characterizing her mannerisms, from the flat-footed stance to the sparkle in her eyes, with skill and an obvious emotional involvement.

Lorraine Aspden, Bridge River-Lillooet News


The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, 1979

Joy Coghill, a simply wonderful actress who takes the pivotal role of Arkadina, provides a strong centre for the rest of the cast to revolve around and stimulates the most absorbing interaction. [She] delivers a riveting performance.

Denise Ball, The Leader-Post


Unless The Eye Catch Fire by P.K. Page, 1994

Actress Joy Coghill and musician/composer Robert Cram have adapted Page's story and fashioned from it a thoroughly engrossing, totally theatrical experience... Coghill's portrayal of Babe is mesmerizing, a theatrical tour-de-force, and is perfectly complemented by Robert Cram's atmospherically moody music.

Deryk Barker, Times-Colonist


The Road To Mecca by Athol Fugard, 1991

Joy Coghill's portrait of Miss Helen is achingly true... Coghill makes these themes far more than interesting ideas: she makes them a hollow, horrible pain in the chest. Coghill's Helen plays with all the innocent foolishness of a seven-year-old girl, and moans with the agony of a dying woman.

Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight


Memoir by John Murrell, 1981

Joy Coghill is strikingly effective in the ATP production. She plays Bernhardt as if she has been saving up all her acting skills for this challenging performance. Coghill gives Bernhardt's recreations of famous roles just enough of the required declamatory style to show why George Bernard Shaw once accused Bernhardt of substituting herself for every character she played... [Coghill] is equally effective in her more realistic portrayal of the private Bernhardt.

Brian Brennan, Calgary Herald


Alberta Theatre Projects' Memoir is graced with a splendid, totally captivating performance by Joy Coghill. Her Bernhardt is a tiny bundle of energy bent on tearing out her soul and holding it up to the unappreciative 20th century for mockery and adulation.

Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun


Wit by Margaret Edison, 2001

But the most positive impression among the secondary characters is made by Joy Coghill as Bearing's former professor. Her climbing into bed with the suffering Bearing and reading the children's book, The Runaway Bunny, to her former pupil, is the most touching moment in the play.

Christopher Hoile, Stage Door


What a pleasure it is to see Joy Coghill once again as she shines in a minor yet crucial part which ultimately presents the key to our understanding of the play.

Alan Charlton, The B.C. Catholic

Albertine in Five Times by Michel Tremblay, 1985

Albertine at 60 [is] an almost bed-ridden, pill-popping wreck... An expert, edgy performance by Coghill, with suppressed anger finally bubbling to the surface.

Robert Crew, Toronto Star


Director, Beauty and the Beast, Holiday Theatre, 1962

There is a unity of design and effect in Joy Coghill’s direction... that must impress every theatre lover. Miss Coghill is working with a script here which offers many temptations to indulge in the mere cute and coy. She resists these and sustains Nicholas Gray’s play in a character which does not falsify human relationship for the sake of whimsy.

Ben Metcalfe, reviewing Holiday Theatre's entry into the Vancouver International Festival


Curtains For a Crazy Old Lady by John Lazarus, 1990

Joy Coghill plays the mother, Esther, and through her we understand, sympathize and admire the character. This actress is perfectly cast, her timing, sense of humour and humanity shine throughout the play.

John Drean, Oak Bay Star


Coghill gives a very skilled, authentic performance that manages to tap into humanity's wellspring. Glibness and superficiality are avoided... Coghill is a pure delight.

Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times-Colonist


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