LADY HOUSE BLUES by Kevin O'Morrison

Under the Direction of Darryl V. Jones

THE GREAT KAHN and THE DEVIL'S MUSICAL THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH

were both nominated for SF Bay Area Critics awards for Outstanding Productions

BLOOD AT THE ROOT  by Dominique Morisseau

“Blood at the Root” is a must see for today’s America,

a masterwork, masterfully envisioned by Darryl V. Jones.

THE GREAT KHAN BY Michael Gene Sullivan

“The show is directed with some mighty strokes from Darryl V. Jones,

a creative that’s tasked with corralling Sullivan’s script that dips and darts in many critical directions[...]”

THE GREAT KHAN BY Michael Gene Sullivan

"The story is tough and pulls few punches but,

with the playwright’s deft touches to dialogue and body language and other nuances via director Darryl V. Jones,

there are appreciated comedic sparks to be relished for both irony and laugh-ability."

THE GREAT KHAN BY Michael Gene Sullivan

“[...] Directed with passion and drive by Darryl V. Jones.”

    

THE DEVIL'S MUSIC THE LIFE OF BESSIE SMITH by Angelo Parra

" ‘Devil’s Music’ at Center Rep captures Bessie Smith’s talent, swagger

Katrina Lauren McGraw superb in lead role

Director Darryl V. Jones keeps the pace brisk and the emotional arc of the narrative (such as it is) crisp and clear."

THE DEVIL'S MUSIC THE LIFE OF BESSIE SMITH by Angelo Parra

“THE DEVIL’S MUSIC” BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE, AT CENTER REP
Director Darryl V. Jones shows his sure and experienced hand in bringing out the best in the ensemble in this outstanding tribute to the legendary singer.
The production sizzles with strong pacing, seamless timing, and exciting delivery.

Jones’ plays never fail to thrill."

KILL MOVE PARADISE  by James Ijames

Astonishing… visionary direction

KILL MOVE PARADISE by James Ijames

“Crackling, live-wire energy.
This rare collaboration between Shotgun Players and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, directed by Darryl V. Jones, imbues Ijames’ eternity-focused script with earthly expressiveness.

THE ROYALE by Marco Ramirez

“THE ROYALE  DELIVERS THE GOODS, AT AURORA THEATRE, BERKELEY.

Director Darryl V. Jones stages “The Royale” with fast pacing, powerhouse punches, and smart staging. Jones connects with us, with every hit."

THE ROYALE by Marco Ramirez

 “The Royale,” written by Miami-based playwright Marco Ramirez and directed with stunning certainty by Darryl V. Jones, is a triumph of the highest order, a highly stylized dramatization based on the surreal existence of Johnson. In this piece, the violent poetry of fights are captured with foot stomps, finger snaps, and bursts of supreme confidence by both combatants, two men chiseled out of granite as beads of sweat glean off their bodies in succulent backlight."

DETROIT 67 by Dominique Morisseau

"Directed with uncanny timing, bold touches, and much humanity by
Darryl V. Jones,
Aurora’s Detroit ’67 rocks with Motown sounds that soothe and soar, teases with humor both rich and raw, and shakes to the core with historical events serious and shattering."

DETROIT 67 by Dominique Morisseau

  "in Morisseau's play under the skilled direction of Darryl V. Jones, the hopefulness of Chelle and Lank (and Bunny and Sly) suffuses the action like the energizing rhythms that come pouring out of those 8-track cassettes. Morisseau has created a marvelous mix of personalities.

Technically, this production is flawless."

  

THE MINEOLA TWINS  by Paula Vogel

" [...] in Darryl V. Jones’ antic production, the jokes come fast and the playing is furious enough that even patrons who don’t share the author’s sentiments will be laughing too hard to quibble much until the tail end of the evening."

THE MINEOLA TWINS  by Paula Vogel

Under Darryl V. Jones' antic direction, Woolly Mammoth's production at the ... addresses with dark comic vigor in her 1996 play, The Mineola Twins

The Baltimore Sun

THE BROTHER SIZE  by Tarell Alvin McCraney

"Darryl V. Jones directs the 100-minute piece with humor, nuance and economy, and the actors — attractive, athletic and sometimes shirtless...

give vivid, human performances."

THE BROTHER SIZE  by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Director Darryl V. Jones integrates production elements well.

With only three actors in a talky play, he does organize significant movement.

A well choreographed stomp dance raises the energy level, and both soundtrack and live singing add a dimension. 

meaningful tale, written and produced with great heart. 

THE BROTHER SIZE  by Tarell Alvin McCraney

"Jones directs with a masterful sensitivity and adds to the rising emotion of McCraney's drama without overstepping. The three actors Wimberly, Christian, and Green are each unforgettable and equally dynamic in their roles.

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller

"Wisely, director Darryl V. Jones has wrought some changes (approved by the playwright) on this tale of obsession, culture clash and betrayal… 

He's updated "A View" from just after World War II to 1964 and recast longshoreman Eddie Carbone (Vince Brown) his friends and family as of Dominican rather than Italian extraction."

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller

" …and director Jones matches the writing's explosive energy with

vivid street scenes and full throttle acting.

WE ARE YOUR SISTERS by  Stephanie von Hirschberg and Ardelle Striker

VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller

A Dominican View and Interview with Darryl V. Jones 

VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller

Director with an updated 'View', Interview with Darryl V. Jones

 AUDELCO Award Winner for Outstanding Production

"…lively and imaginative direction by Darryl V. Jones"

"This show blends bravura acting with song, chant, and dance in a fascinating and informative show which wastes not a moment."

WE ARE YOUR SISTERS by  Stephanie von Hirschberg and Ardelle Striker

WE ARE YOUR SISTERS by  Stephanie von Hirschberg and Ardelle Striker

SPUNK based on stories by Zora Neale Hurston Adapted by George C. Wolfe

Jones was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Regional Theatre Production

THE AMEN CORNER by James Baldwin

"Jones’ elegant pacing methodically strips the robes from each character, exposing their heartaches and motives like a fog gradually clearing to reveal a multi-car wreck. Like the African Continuum Theatre Company’s production of Chain last season, The Amen Corner elicits pity for characters devoid of self-pity."

THE AMEN CORNER by James Baldwin

"Darryl V. Jones's production fairly ripples with life and passion."

AVENUE X THE A CAPELLA MUSICAL by John Jiler

"Saturday night Jones's cast received a
rightfully thunderous standing ovation."

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee Williams

What's relieving and wonderful about Jones' production is that its atypical trappings - which could have twisted the play into a freak show – instead provide electric sparks that vindicate this great play against any accusations of moldiness.

BALM IN GILEAD by Lanford Wilson

U-M's 'Balm in Gilead' is a messy triumph

The University of Michigan's current revival of Lanford Wilson's 'Balm in Gilead' is a brilliant rendering of a brilliant play. 

…this production featuring two dozen U-M musical theatre students is a fabulous thing to behold.

COLORED PEOPLE'S TIME by Leslie Lee

"Once again Jones shows himself a master at coalescing the diffuse. 

University of Michigan theatre professor Darryl V. Jones has done just that, bringing Lee's play together in a cinematic way at Lydia MendelssohnTheatre."

GRAPES OF WRATH by Frank Galati

"Adapter Frank Galati - whose dramatization of "Grapes" won.

Broadway's Tony Award a decade ago -understands what makes the book tick. 

Likewise, University of Michigan Department of Theatre and Drama professor

Darryl V. Jones, guest set designer Tony Cisek, and all the other gifted folks, who' helped mount this mighty show, including a knockout cast of nearly 40

actor/singer/musicians.

They create an unforgettable three hours of theater…"