On This Side of the World
Access Theatre "On This Side of the World"
Photo by: Michael Kushner
The heartwarming Lantern in the Window, performed by Joanne Javien and inspired by the Filipino holiday tradition, deserves to become a fresh new Christmas classic for America’s annual Yuletide playlist.
Lavendar After Dark
There are several standouts including "Ay, Americka," a hysterical comedic operetta featuring...Joanne Javien as church ladies who gossip—gossip being the unofficial Olympic sport of the Philippines.
There are also appropriately somber moments, including a duet between two of the most visible and stereotypical Filipina professions in New York—a nanny and a nurse, played by the luminous...Joanne Javien. The two reflect on their mixed feelings of being a traditional “light of the home” with families other than their own.
Maria Paz Alegre
Theatre is Easy
Cape Fear Regional Theatre "Mamma Mia"
With Heather Setzler and Nicki Hart
Photo by: Raul Rubiera Photography
Joanne Javien played Donna, Sophie’s mother, with the dramatic passion one would expect from the lead of Donna and the Dynamos, her throw-back 70s trio. Her rendition of “The Winner Takes It All” was superb.
Up & Coming Weekly
STAGES St. Louis "South Pacific"
With Matthew Hydzik
Photo by: Peter Wochniak
Joanne Javien delivers it with an insinuating mix of greed and lewdness, putting her performance high on the list of things to "Like" about Westchester Broadway Theatre's revival.
John P. Mc Carthy
For the Journal News
Joanne Javien makes a smaller, scrappier, actually prettier Bloody Mary than you've seen before. Make no mistake, Mary is still a force of nature as the blunt, plain-spoken horse trader and matchmaker on the island who always has a deal to make. But Javien isn't a joke or stereotype. She gives Mary emotional depth.
Javien wraps up that scene with an exotic ode to Bali Ha'i, the special island. Javien, who is more attractive than most actresses I have seen play Bloody Mary, makes the mystery of Bali Ha'i come through with lilting, lush, broad sweeps of her voice. Really she takes one of the weaker songs in the score and because of the power of her voice, makes it into a promise that keeps.
John F. Bailey
White Plains CitizeNet Reporter
North Shore Music Theater "Les Misérables"
With Charles Hagerty
The heroic Eponine is wonderfully played by Joanne Javien. Her fantastic voice is heard in "On My Own" where she decides to stand by Marius even though he is in love with Cosette and after she is fatally shot in "A Little Fall of Rain" which is a tear jerking and emotionally draining number. Joanne gives the character a backbone with an endearing quality which makes the audience root for her.
The Theater Mirror
The one performer who truly opens herself to her role - fully inhabiting it, and not just acing a familiar set piece - is Joanne Javien as the lovelorn Eponine.
Boston Globe Correspondent
It is Joanne Javien as the unrequited yet noble Eponine, though, who turns their sweet duet "A Heart Full of Love" into a truly heartbreaking and romantic trio. She and the young Hoffman as Gavroche are the standouts in this production.