As “Power Woman” in Menopause the Musical – Curtain Up review:
"Most notable is Joy Lynn Matthews, with her brassy presence and powerhouse voice."
As “Aunt Eller” – Portland Center Stage production of “Oklahoma”:
The Oregonian -
"Joy Lynn Matthews-Jacobs makes an endearing Aunt Eller, the de facto stateswoman who guides the community’s affairs by guile (nudging Curly and Laurey toward each other), threat (brandishing a gun to stop farmer vs. cowboy fisticuffs at the “box social”) or appeals to compassion and common sense (overruling a judge and a federal marshal at Curly’s tria)."
Oregon Arts Watch -
"The three principals were terrific: Joy Lynn Matthews-Jacobs as Aunt Eller . . . provides the moral center of the play and many of the one-liners in an acute performance."
As Delia, in The York Theatre production of Asylum: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln:
“Vocal powerhouse Joy Lynn Matthews shines as the sympathetic nurse.” –The Village Voice
" . . .the two most stirring numbers, one in each act, are delivered by Mary’s nurse Delia, (Joy Lynn Matthews).”
- N.Y. Times
“Joy Lynn Matthews demonstrates strong support in voice and acting. . . .” - Variety
“. . .luckily for us, the audience, Mary (Lincoln) has a wonderful, caring, compassionate nurse (Joy Lynn Matthews) . . . .who sings Rockabye Child Jesus, one of the lovelier songs in the show.” - Talk Entertainment
“Nurse Delia is played with noble dignity by Joy Lynn Matthews” - BackStage
“One of the play’s strongest features is (the) music. . .such as the stirring memory of slavery, “The Run” performed by Mary’s nurse, “Delia” – TheaterMania
As “Armelia” in “Ain’t Misbehavin’’ – Cape Cod Today:
"Joy Lynn Matthews-Jacobs . . . . possesses a powerful voice, a ridiculous range and a swagger that put a smile on every audience member's face."
As Barbara in Gretna theater’s – The Bikinis! -Broadway World review:
"The family friend, Barbara, played by Joy Lynn Matthews-Jacobs, is a vocal powerhouse."
As “Bloody Mary” in South Pacific – NJ.com:
"Joy Lynn Matthews- Jacobs captures Bloody Mary’s mysticism and fire."