King Lear at the Old Globe in San Diego. Directed by Adrian Noble.

   Electra  at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Directed by Ted Pappas.

Electra at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Directed by Ted Pappas.

   Six Degrees of Separation  at the Old Globe in San Diego. Directed by Trip Cullman.

Six Degrees of Separation at the Old Globe in San Diego. Directed by Trip Cullman.

   Body: Anatomies of Being  with Blessed Unrest at the New Ohio. Directed by Jessica Burr.

Body: Anatomies of Being with Blessed Unrest at the New Ohio. Directed by Jessica Burr.

Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout

“The Old Globe's "Lear" is a splendid piece of work that no one in or near southern California should miss.…In addition to Robert Foxworth's beautifully realized Lear, I was struck by the warm, intelligent Cordelia of Catherine Gowl…”

North County Times, Annie Marie Welsh

“Catherine Gowl's good Cordelia radiated self-knowledge and strength of character, balancing a tender heart with a fierce intelligence.”

San Diego Reader, Jeff Smith

I have never heard the Lear story told better. Like Coriolanus, whose “heart’s his mouth,” the cast turns speech into action... Catherine Gowl’s firm Cordelia (more human and less saintly than most depictions), … play[s] each moment as if brand new, with no idea what’ll come next.”

 

 

The Pittsburgh Tatler, Wendy Arons

“There are some really electric moments in the production — the confrontations between Electra and her sister Chrysothemis (Catherine Gowl) crackle.” 

Pittsburgh Post-GazetteChristopher Rawson

“Catherine Gowl is paradoxically affecting as the sister who proves weak-willed.”

TalkinBroadwayAnn Miner

“Pappas laid the groundwork for a fine production with Eaton in the title role. Surrounding her are other fine performers, including the always superb Lisa Harrow as the cold and selfish Clytemnestra; the lovely Catherine Gowl as sister Chrysothemis, who understands Electra's rage but is torn about taking revenge…”

 

Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout

 “Thomas Jay Ryan, Catherine Gowl and Sloan Grenz in particular, are everything they ought to be...Broadway is due for a revival of "Six Degrees of Separation." When it comes, I hope it's this good.” 

 

"Beauty in a Natural State", Rachel Kerry for New York Theatre Review

"Once in a blue moon comes a piece of theatre so impactful you wonder if you won't be talking about it for years to come. A piece of theatre so unique and bold, it makes you exclaim, “Wait. Theatre can do this?” Blessed Unrest’s Body: Anatomies of Being is such a show. Daring in its intimacy, performed with mesmerizing vulnerability, Body is a truly exceptional piece of theatre…

…The performances succeed not simply because of the talent of the cast, but through the trust and vulnerability they exhibit... But by far, the most moving storyline is found in the relationship between, a surgeon (Catherine Gowl) and Nadezhda, a survivor of breast cancer (Tatyana Kot). Nadezhda’s candid tale of illness and recovery is mirrored with beautiful solo dance, brilliantly tempered by moments of stoic Russian humor. Struggling with her medical training and her concern for her partner, Gowl portrays her character with beautiful tenderness. Together, their intimacy is breathtaking, powerful, and affecting."