Reviews

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Acting
“…Intoxicating… charming, funny, and passionate…” – Mike Fischer, JS Online
“McDaris radiates magic!” – Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theater Beat
“…AMAZING vocal quality…” – Shawn Andrew Smith, Chicago Stage Standard
Directing
“I cannot recommend this show enough… 4 out of 4 stars.” (The Wayward Women, 2016)
“Dark subject matter handled deftly, surprising moments of humor and pathos.” (Countess Bathory, 2016)
“Quite possibly one of my favorite live theatre experiences ever…” (Love’s Labours Lost, 2014)
“Masterfully Delivered.” (Twelfth Night, 2014)
“Such a great show!” (A Thousand Times Goodnight, 2015)
Writing
“McDaris’ use of language and quick wit closely conjures the rhythm of Elizabethan comedy, a literary feat worth hearing alone.” (A Thousand Times Goodnight, 2013)
“I was astounded this wasn’t an actual Shakespeare play that I somehow missed- [McDaris] displays such a talent for writing dialogue that I will endeavor to see any play he’s written.” (The Wayward Women, 2016)
“McDaris’ script is not only exquisitely paced and structured, but it is incredibly intelligent as well.” (Countess Bathory, 2016)
“Indefatigable in eloquence. In the beginning, I was wondering which bard this was. I realized the truth and it made me laugh. What a gifted and utterly unique writer.” (The Wayward Women, 2017)

THE WAYWARD WOMEN, by Jared McDaris
TheaterRED, Milwaukee (MKE Premier)
POSITION: Playwright (2017)

“Every character is a show alone. The plot is a Shakespearean twist that alludes to so many plays and it’s a delight to hear it if you’ve done your homework. It’s a marvelous play… indefatigable in eloquence. In the beginning, I was wondering which bard this was. I realized the truth and it made me laugh. What a gifted and utterly unique writer.” – Bill Jackson

“Wayward Women was an amazing show… intricate, yet accessible, and my cheeks hurt from laughing afterwards.” – Natasha Mortazavi

SHERLOCK HOLMES: ALMOST GOT HIM, by Jared McDaris
Devonshire Playhouse & EDGE Theatre, Skokie
POSITION: Playwright (2017)

“With a plot and action-movie-like fight sequences that unfold like a graphic novel, each actor gets their moment to shine under Orion Couling’s direction, as five (or six!) stories unfold beautifully under fantastically designed lighting and impeccably classic costuming. A fun 90 minute escapade through the mysteries of London!” – Sarah Sapperstein

COUNTESS BATHORY, by Jared McDaris
We Three, Chicago
POSITION: Director (2016)

“Dark subject matter handled deftly, surprising moments of humor and pathos… it was very pleasant to hear non-Shakespearean verse that was just as passionate and fiery as the Bard’s.” – Jeremiah Barr

Countess Bathory is a brilliantly written and beautifully performed piece. Given the gruesome background of the story, it may seem reasonable to walk in expecting to see something that could cleanly fall within the realm of horror – but that is not the case. The characters are crisply different from each other, providing a fascinating menagerie to behold, and yet somehow simultaneously blurred at the edges so that the audience finds themselves able to connect with the most vile and the most innocent of the cast. The more morbid aspects of the tale are balanced by profound soliloquies, gorgeous stage pictures, and incredible design. It’s everything one could hope for in a new Elizabethan tragedy – poetry, villainy, and ardent passion blended into a gorgeous madness peppered with some good, ol’ fashioned dick jokes.” – Micah Streubel

“Folks, go see Countess Bathory: A New Elizabethan Tragedy by Jared McDaris if you can! It’s donations-welcome and an epic darkly funny deeply unsettling Elizabethan style play with fantastic language and fantastic performances!” – Alyson Grauer

THE WAYWARD WOMEN, by Jared McDaris
We Three, Chicago
POSITION: Director (2016)

“I cannot recommend this show enough… It is original, playful, hilarious… A solid 4 out of 4 stars.” – Patrick Bushnell
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ATTGChi 16A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT, by Jared McDaris
The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company, Chicago
POSITION: Director (2015)

We had an awesome time!! Brava/Bravo to all the actors, playwright, and production team! I love seeing theatre that leaves you energized at the end.” – Emily Brantz

“Such a great show! Laughed a lot, booed, cheered, hissed, clapped, all sorts of good feels.” – Peter Hammer, audience member (via social media, unsolicited)

DSC_8924 copyTHE ILLUSION, by Tony Kushner (freely adapted from “L’Illusion Comique,” by Pierre Corneille)
The Right Brain Project, Chicago
ROLE: Matamore (2015)

“Jared McDaris makes a swashbuckling Matamore, with all the wink-and-nudge humor of Inigo Montoya.” – Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

“Jared McDaris’ pompous pirate/plot device [scores] the biggest laughs.” – Kerry Reid, The Chicago Tribune

IMG_8068b-1024x682MACBETH, by William Shakespeare
Accidental Shakespeare, Chicago
ROLE: Duncan/Porter/Doctor (2014)

“McDaris is an extremely dynamic actor, switching convincingly and quickly through majestic, hilarious, frantic, and quietly concerned through each of the roles he plays.” – ailelie

12N-016TWELFTH NIGHT, by William Shakespeare
H+D Productions, Milwaukee

POSITION: Director (2014)

“Masterfully delivered… Director Jared McDaris staged each scene with purpose, allowing the actors to thrive… a brilliant overall production.” – Local Trolley

“Under the direction of Chicago-based Jared McDaris… they capture something about the play that more respectful productions don’t always: it’s really, really funny.” – Jeff Grygny, Milwaukee Theatre Examiner

LLL01LOVE’S LABOURS LOST, by William Shakespeare
The Right Brain Project, Chicago

POSITION: Director (2014)

“These interactive scenes made you gasp, laugh, and made it impossible to keep your eyes off every actor scattered amidst the attending guests… each actor held up their end equally with suave gender fluidity that I truly wish all theatre groups would take note of.” – Jacqueline Arbelo, D20 Girls Magazine Online

“Quite possibly one of my favorite live theatre experiences ever… definitely plan on returning” – Bradley Biederman, audience member (via social media, unsolicited)

Loves Labors is an amazing theatrical experience… [The Right Brain Project] brings to life one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays.” – Marc James, audience member (via social media, unsolicited)

Water-0170-682x1024 (1)AMADEUS, by Peter Schaffer
World’s Stage Theatre, Milwaukee

ROLE: “Mozart” (2014)

“Jared McDaris is intoxicating as a show-stealing Mozart: brash, crude and shamelessly egotistical, but also charming, funny and passionate. Even more impressive, McDaris captures the emotional depth of a character who rightly tells us that while ‘my tongue is stupid, my heart isn’t.’ ” – Mike Fischer, JS Online (McDaris’s Mozart Hits Right Notes In World’s Stage’s Amadeus)

“[Gretchen Mahkorn] and McDaris have good chemistry, and the scenes they share — some infectiously joyous and others heartbreaking — are consistently convincing.” – Mike Fischer, JS Online (McDaris’s Mozart Hits Right Notes In World’s Stage’s Amadeus)

“McDaris does a really good job of bringing a very human and very passionate artist to the stage.” – Russ Bickerstaff, Express Milwaukee (A Close-Up For Amadeus and Salieri)

“McDaris makes a most convincing Mozart.” – Jeff Grygny, Milwaukee Theater Examiner (Murdered by His Century: World Stage’s Colorful “Amadeus”)

ATTG-040A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT, by Jared McDaris
TheaterRED, Milwaukee

POSITION: Writer/Director (2013)

“McDaris’ use of language and quick wit closely conjures the rhythm of Elizabethan comedy, a literary feat worth hearing alone… acted with complete confidence by an accomplished, brave cast.” – Postscript: Performing Arts

Red-Hamlet-048RED HAMLET, by Aaron Sawyer
Red Theater, Chicago

ROLE: “Polonius/Ghost” (2013)

“McDaris… has an AMAZING vocal quality for Shakespeare.” – Shawn Andrew Smith, Chicago Stage Standard

“Hamlet hears the voice of his father’s ghost (Jared McDaris) in a delivery that sent shivers up my spine… The command of range shown by the cast is formidable.” – Joy Campbell, Chicago Theater Beat

Tempest-024THE TEMPEST, by William Shakespeare
Accidental Shakespeare, Chicago

ROLE: “Ariel” (2013)

“McDaris radiates magic as sprite Ariel, bringing whimsy to each syllable and completely comfortable jumping around and making mischief.” – Lauren Whalen, Chicago Theater Beat

“Only Jared McDaris – as the duke’s magical slave, Ariel – has the vocal chops needed for Shakespeare’s rich poetry.” – Albert Williams, Chicago Reader

10443443_10152092686572027_7348705677100674375_nMARAT/SADE, by Peter Weiss
The Right Brain Project, Chicago

ROLE: “Kokol” [Singer] (2011)

“Robbel has rightly cast solid vocalists and strong instrumentalists and they shine… And the ensemble itself is a huge, moving, breathing, moaning unit.” – AWG:Chicago

“The large ensemble constitutes brilliant bits three through 30.” – Tony Adler

 “The cast’s renditions of the play’s numerous Brecht-like songs are lovely.” – Kris Vire

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