Crowns by By Regina Taylor
Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry
“The award honored, marvelous Darryl V. Jones plays all the male roles an everyman
mentioned by the hat-wearing women with a distinguished enthusiasm, ‘You only have one
head’ he brings extraordinary flair and energy to gospel strutting and hip-hop breakdowns.”
“Since Darryl V. Jones is the only male, it is easy to identify him as “The Man” who performs
and sings with great skill in his many incarnations.”
HALIE! The Mahalia Jackson Musical,” by Wendy E. Taylor and Darryl V. Jones
Backed by Jones and Faustine, effervescent Anderson sings hits as her life unrolls.
Jones displays his masterful dramatic talents in many roles, shining as her
husband who turns out to be a gambler at her expense.
THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum
As the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, Darryl V. Jones and a sweet-
faced Cathleen Riddley, respectively, find all sorts of nuances in their
roles that might erase your childhood memories of Jack Haley and
Bert Lahr entirely.
Darryl V. Jones’ Tin Woodsman is nothing short of delicious in its
bouyant muscularity, a booming outdoorsman with, of course, a heart
Jones plays the Tin Man with a sense of authority and power–and with such tremendous heart that it
seems impossible his character would lack one.
THE WIZARD OF OZ by BY L. Frank Baum
Delivering the can’t-be-topped songs from Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, the rest
of the cast, (most playing dual roles) are equally excellent: Darryl V. Jones, with his
deep baritone voice, gives the Tin Man a certain dignity.
RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s
"Still, a few performers transcend." Darryl V. Jones is resplendent in gold as the sun, his voice so joyful it seems to cast rays outward.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott.
"And with a face whose cheeks and deep-set eyes broadcast Bernadette’s absolute lust for life, Darryl V. Jones particularly sets the bar high in a performance where Bernadette deadpan delivers some of the night’s best lines (“I don’t need to pack ... All my bags are under my eyes”) and
sings with a voice that resonates in a deep, still manner to reveal depth of soul and life-experience.”
“Especially delightful is Darryl V. Jones as Bernadette, the sort of transgender drag queen who actually is royal, as a former member of Les Girls, the groundbreaking all-male revue in Sydney.
Jones relishes his character’s stately, ladylike bearing. Should your wit not be keen enough for Bernadette’s every double entendre, don’t worry; Jones offers a half cracked grin and swishes away a bit more slowly, to give you time to catch up.
“The most dynamic character, Bernadette (brilliant Darryl V. Jones),
sings at her husband’s funeral, to the tune of
“Don’t Leave Me this Way.”
“Fortunately, director John Fisher has provided his audience with compensation in the form of wonderfully colorful costumes, a delightful set, and a bravura performance from Darryl V. Jones as the world-weary, yet wise, Bernadette, who has seen (and done) it all – and has the sequins to prove it. Jones
exudes confidence and calm, and on his broad shoulders rests the success of this production.”
THE CALL by Tanya Barfield'
"Darryl V. Jones is outstanding in the role of next door neighbor Alemu.
He has a striking theatrical voice. [...] Jones
brings vision, love, and brilliance to his story-telling [...]”
"Darryl V. Jones presents the amiable neighbor, Alemu, as a mysterious, joyful, and wise presence who offers care packages for their African journey to pick up the child. He transforms the story. Alemu meets Annie at the children's playground and he offers another African story to answer her questions about adoptive motherhood. Jones seizes our attention with his hypnotic telling of an African parable that provides a climax for the show. Jones brings vision, love and brilliance to his storytelling "