John Adams

John Adams

1776, Milwaukee Opera Theatre

"[This production is] assured a permanent place in the annals of Milwaukee theater history... The passionate, principled and abrasive John Adams is the Hamilton of 1776. He's also a character Matt Daniels has long wanted to play. Now I know why: Working off book, Daniels was galvanic, fully capturing the great fire burning within a patriot often maligned as a cantankerous and priggish fussbudget. Daniels' magnetism was up close and personal for much of the audience, thanks to Suozzi's ingenious staging." —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL

Photo by Mark Frohna

Benedick

Benedick

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Illinois Shakespeare Festival

"This is Much Ado presented as screwball comedy, for which there's a distinguished pedigree. In such a world, Prentice's sharp-tongued Beatrice and Daniels' swashbuckling Benedick love each other because they love to argue. They do so here with panache, and it's fun to watch — as are the over-the-top scenes in which Benedick and then Beatrice are easily gulled... It's to the credit of these two fine actors that despite the broad tone of this production... Beatrice and Benedick eventually do get serious, briefly sounding this play's darker notes when Benedick pledges to kill Claudio for unjustly wronging Beatrice's kinswoman." —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL

"Daniels as Benedick... got as many laughs as I’ve ever heard in this play." —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

"Matt Daniels as Benedick is riveting as he changes his mind about Beatrice once his friends plant the idea that Beatrice is in love with him." —THE PANTAGRAPH

Photo by Pete Guither

Kerr

Kerr

CHESAPEAKE, In Tandem Theatre

"...a virtuoso performance" —TOM STRINI WRITES

"In a turn that has the kind of impact of an earthquake... [we see] a glorious example of a man in total control and at exquisite peace with his craft. Daniels has a story to tell, and he tells it with humor, passion and a grace that drives deep into the soul of anyone watching... One of the top ten productions of 2013-14" —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

"...Incredible... A stand out performance that allows the audience to believe there's more underneath the skin or fur of a living being than first appears" —BROADWAYWORLD.COM

"Daniels does a brilliant job of keeping it emotionally genuine even when the story itself feels profoundly surreal. He delivers the poetry of Blessing’s words to the stage with a respectable earthiness that keeps it firmly grounded in reality. Most importantly, Daniels is good enough at what he’s doing that an audience member can rather quickly lose track of the fact that they’re watching a single man talk onstage for a couple of hours. It’s that simple." —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

Photo by Ross Zentner

Older Reuven

Older Reuven

THE CHOSEN, In Tandem Theatre

"The tone of the understated drama is set in motion only by the badly needed, expert performance of Matt Daniels" —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

Photo by Mark Frohna

Phileas Fogg

Phileas Fogg

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, Milwaukee Chamber Theater

"Matt Daniels cuts a stylish form in the role of Phileas Fogg" —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

"His focus is laser-hot" —PHOOLEWORLD

Photo by Jason Fassl

Petruchio

Petruchio

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, Milwaukee Shakespeare

“Daniels really did one hell of a job with the character. He’s flamboyant, yes... and he delivers the cocky, humorous lines of his character really well. He counterweights this with a mean, dramatic streak that is seldom seen...” —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

Photo by Lila Aryan

Antipholus of Syracuse

Antipholus of Syracuse

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, Milwaukee Shakespeare

“Rich’s colleagues in the cast also do first-class work.  Among them are Matt Daniels’ Antipholus of Syracuse.” —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINAL

“Todd Denning and Matt Daniels as the Antipholus pair are charming and funny, and become more desperately unhinged as the plot twists mount." —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

Photo by Lila Aryan

Bacchus

Bacchus

BACCHUS, Metropolitan Theater Co.

"Matt Daniels is a creepily sensual Bacchus..." —THE NEW YORKER

"Portrayed with an almost carnal rawness..." —NYTHEATRE.COM

Photo by Alex Roe.

Bolingbroke

Bolingbroke

RICHARD II, Milwaukee Shakespeare

"Triumphant" —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL

"Daniels’ Bolingbroke is a sharp-tempered man with a booming voice and a powerful build... Daniels’ strong, silent presence beyond the lines galvanizes his performance.  With any luck, he’ll return next season...” —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

"Matt Daniels gives a strong, stoic portrayal of the enigmatic Bolingbroke, the future King Henry. The physical and emotional differences between Richard and his cousin Bolingbroke provide sharp contrasts.” —GMTODAY

Photo by Lila Aryan.

Jeeves

Jeeves

JEEVES INTERVENES, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

"Matt Daniels is an impressive Jeeves. He is charming and always in command, mixing his dignity and wisdom with a touch of whimsy when no one is looking." —GMTODAY

"Daniels came through, playing his straight-man role to a consistently hilarious T." —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL

"Matt Daniels glides through the role, oozing proper British reserve and paternal intelligence." —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

"Expertly portrayed.... Daniels admirably delivers the character’s perfection... —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

"As Jeeves, Daniels glides through the chaos... His manner of speech is an exquisite, consistent mix of irony, sarcasm and thinly-veiled amusement. Daniels is also funny when he’s not speaking, in something as subtle as the crook of a raised eyebrow or as unsubtle as the insistent ringing of a gong..." —THIRD COAST DIGEST

Jeeves

Jeeves

JEEVES IN BLOOM, Milwaukee Chamber Theater

"Daniels again taps into the peculiar cadence and rhythm of Jeeves, and has the exact timing of a man who must always be in the right place. There could be an inevitability or boredom to Jeeves’ lack of mistakes, but Daniels is simply too fun to watch." —THIRD COAST DIGEST

Matt Daniels returns to the role of Jeeves in great form. He manifests a studied perfection in the role that allows him to make maximum impact with minimal presence onstage. —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

"...Another solid comic performance... Daniels moves around the stage with stealth and elegance, appearing magically at the right place and time... His speech is soothingly smooth, but as precise and clipped as a field corporal in the midst of maneuvers. For readers of Wodehouse, he’s just how you’d expect the hapless butler to sound and carry himself. And for those who just appreciate great theatrical comedy, it’s the perfect cup of tea. —MILWAUKEE MAGAZINE

Daniels' Jeeves handles it all with imperturbable aplomb, leaving his voice... to add a few curves to his straight-man demeanor. —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINAL

Jeeves

Jeeves

JEEVES TAKES A BOW, Milwaukee Chamber Theater

"Daniels is as sharp as ever in the role of Jeeves." —SHEPHERD EXPRESS

"Having mastered the role over five years and two productions, Daniels has the comic timing of Jeeves down perfectly, catching letters in midair as Bertie throws them and smoothly gliding in and out of conversations to drop off or take away teacups before their owners even know they’re gone." —WISCONSIN GAZETTE

"The ultimate Jeeves... [Daniels] delivers in his impeccable fashion and his incredible sense of timing." —GMTODAY

"Daniels uses his smooth physical talents to make its seem that Jeeves is everywhere, even though he never seems to move. And his deadpan intonations land with perfect reserve and crack timing." —MILWAUKEE MAGAZINE

"Matt Daniels as Jeeves glides deftly, poses expertly and sneers perfectly." —URBANMILWAUKEEDIAL

Pastor Jay

Pastor Jay

LUNA GALE, Renaissance Theaterworks

"...fine acting here from Messrs. Causey, Daniels and Sapiro..." —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINAL

"...a superb ensemble performance from the cast...Matt Daniels is a perfect mix of genuine caring sentiment and thinly veiled religious and social patriarchy." —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

Enobarbus

Enobarbus

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, Illinois Shakespeare Festival

"The majority of the actors in this show turn in knockout work. Chief among them is Matt Daniels, whose Enobarbus (the right hand of Antony) is definitely a crowd favorite. Daniels’ wry, contemporary delivery (a little anachronistic-sounding compared to the mostly classical-sounding enunciation) makes him the Ron Perlman of the show, and I mean that very much as a compliment." —SMILE POLITELY

"The best role is Matt Daniels' conflicted Enobarbus, loyal to Antony but finding himself wavering." —SHALTZ REVIEWS

Boyet

Boyet

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Photo by Pete Guither

Gratiano

Gratiano

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, Milwaukee Shakespeare

Photo by Lila Aryan

Adam

Adam

AS YOU LIKE IT, Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Photo © Melissa Szymke Adams.

Albert Amundson

Albert Amundson

A THOUSAND CLOWNS, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

"Perhaps one of the finest pieces of this play is the performance of Matt Daniels... as the representative of the welfare bureau, his arrival at Murray's home is priceless. He spends a never-ending minute deciding how best to sit on a folding lawn chaise lounge that Murray has spread. No words are used, but the laughs start small and end in crescendo as he finally sits. Daniels is an actor who never moves without a reason. We should all be able to move like this." —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

"Matt Daniels creates comically defined precision in the role of social worker Albert." —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

"And the reliable Matt Daniels plays an absurdly uptight bureaucrat with great sympathy—and also leads the curtain call ukelele concert with more brio than you’d think the tiny instrument could muster." —MILWAUKEE EXAMINER

 

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Lottie Obligatto

Lottie Obligatto

SCROOGE IN ROUGE, In Tandem Theatre

"The bright shining star in this Scrooge in Rouge belongs to Matt Daniels, who plays the actress Lottie, who plays a variety of characters. Daniels excels once again on stage and dressing up as a woman only continues to show the depth and breadth of his skills... Daniels’ Lottie is literally pitch-perfect in tone and movement, his tall, masculine frame acts as a hilarious counterpart to his frazzled wig of blond curls, large ill-fitting frock and big black boots. Daniels grabs at every chance to fill the role and succeeds at every, well, big step in those big boots. As the foppish, elegantly dressed Ghost of Christmas Present, played by Lottie, played by Daniels, he’s completely in his element. Showing off his draping lace cuffs to a bewildered Scrooge, he quips, 'Straight from Paris? Hardly.' Sounds typical but Daniels gets the laugh each and every time." —WISCONSIN GAZETTE

Photo by Mark Frohna

Lottie as Hermione

Lottie as Hermione

SCROOGE IN ROUGE, In Tandem Theatre

"Matt Daniels was the star of the show... Despite his size, he can sashay around the stage, dance and sing and be coquettish -- with a strange mix of believability and irony."  —GMTODAY

"Cross-dressing as the truly daft Lottie Obbligato, Matt Daniels uses falsies and a killer falsetto to nail Dickens' sentimentalized notions of women, in hilarious, scene-stealing incarnations of various female characters." —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL

Photo by Mark Frohna

Lottie as Fezziwig

Lottie as Fezziwig

SCROOGE IN ROUGE, In Tandem Theatre

Matt Daniels, making his In Tandem debut as Lottie, was absolutely hysterical. As a man dressed as a woman (occasionally dressed as a man in a reverse Victor Victoria), he shows absolute commitment to each gag. Daniels uses his entire body for comedic effect, from motorboating his fellow actor Marcella Kearns with his over-sized breasts to dancing a ridiculous Scottish jig as Scrooge’s former employer Fezziwig. Daniels is an artist of slapstick. —THIRD COAST DIGEST

Photo by Mark Frohna

Lottie as Mrs. Piles

Lottie as Mrs. Piles

SCROOGE IN ROUGE, In Tandem Theatre

"It's Daniels who deliberately, gleefully and routinely steals scenes. He looms above the other two actors in stature, which is made more ridiculous by the fact that he is almost always in drag as Scrooge's fiancée, Bob Cratchit's wife and so on. A strong falsetto voice, an outlandish giggle and an absurd take on a British accent round out the humor of his character." —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINAL

"In Tandem's cast of Marcella Kearns, Chris Flieller and Matt Daniels nails the style with absolute precision. Cross dressing is an integral part of the comedy here. Daniels is quite fetching as an eyelash-batting female in multiple roles." —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

Photo by Mark Frohna

Lottie as Christmas Present

Lottie as Christmas Present

SCROOGE IN ROUGE, In Tandem Theatre

"The meatiest role is devoured with aplomb by Matt Daniels, whose bumbling, buxom Lottie had the audience roaring with each pratfall and miscue. His Ghost of Christmas Present, especially, a mix of Lady Gaga and Joanna Lumley’s “Ab Fab” diva Patsy, had the audience gasping for air." —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

Photo by Mark Frohna

Mrs. Whatsit

Mrs. Whatsit

A WRINKLE IN TIME, First Stage

"The audience-pleasing Matt Daniels earns the biggest laughs as the slightly crazed, oddly dressed Mrs. Whatsit. His voice and mannerisms are a treat to watch." —SHEPHERD EXPRESS

Photo by Ross Zentner

Mrs. Whatsit as the Pegasus Creature

Mrs. Whatsit as the Pegasus Creature

A WRINKLE IN TIME, First Stage

Photo by Ross Zentner

Boss Elf

Boss Elf

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER™, First Stage

"For all the differences between Charlie’s modest command post in his jack-of-the-box and the way Daniels’ Boss Elf presides over Santa’s busy workshop, these characters are both funny.  They’re both frustrated performers.  They both have issues with Santa.  And in Daniels’ hands, they’re both memorable." —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINAL

"Matt Daniels is so fun to watch as the curmudgeonly Boss Elf and the unhappy Charlie-in-the-Box." —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

A special word must go to Matt Daniels, who plays the Boss Elf. As he mutters himself off stage a couple of times, the laughter from both children and adults was obvious. We would be hard-pressed to find an actor who moves with such precision and abandon anywhere in the theater. Every move and every gesture have meaning and structure and purpose, and he continues to be a delight to the eyes. —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

Photo © Paul Ruffolo

Mr. Locks

Mr. Locks

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, First Stage

"The charming Matt Daniels plays the lumberjack father... swinging a double-sided axe at a few kids would look strikingly sinister if it wasn’t handled with the right sense of fun." —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

Photo © Paul Ruffolo

Rajev The Greybeard

Rajev The Greybeard

THE SNOW, First Stage

"Matt Daniels... appears brilliantly, in several roles" —OZAUKEE LIVING LOCAL

Photo © Paul Ruffolo

Tyrrel

Tyrrel

RICHARD III, Notre Dame Shakespeare

Photo by Jeremy Floyd

Fluellen

Fluellen

HENRY V, Illinos Shakespeare Festival

Photo by Pete Guither

General George Pickett

General George Pickett

THE KILLER ANGELS, Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Photo by Melissa Szymke Adams

Nixon

Nixon

44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS, Forward Theater

Photo by Zane Williams

Jane Twisden

Jane Twisden

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP Lake Geneva Theater Co

Photo by Mark Frohna

Lord Edgar Hillcrest

Lord Edgar Hillcrest

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP Lake Geneva Theater Co

Photo by Mark Frohna

Mowbray

Mowbray

RICHARD II, Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Photo © David Blixt

Snoopy

Snoopy

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, First Stage

"Daniels slipped and slid his way through 90 minutes of hilarious shenanigans that had these little ones squealing with laughter... The kids couldn't get enough of him... It is this role of Snoopy that the full-force of his magic is most obvious. He plays a dog. He plays a funny dog. He plays a funny dog who plays the ukulele. He plays a funny dog that plays the ukulele and can't stand up on a patch of ice. This is not an easy role, but Daniels does it with consummate ease. The truest test of skill is when you can make the hard look easy." —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

"Snoopy was the biggest feature and very well-played by Matt Daniels. He cavorted around comfortably, offering much physical humor, which the little ones in the audience thoroughly enjoyed; and for the adults, he made a grand display of his dreams and fantasies." —GMTODAY.COM

Photo by Paul Ruffolo

Snoopy

Snoopy

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, First Stage

"Only Snoopy — always a diva and reliably larger than life — refuses to get with the program. Dressed in white from his flat, black-striped cap to his tennis shoes, Daniels' Snoopy continually interrupts proceedings with the reckless abandon of a commedia clown... The highlight involves Snoopy doing battle with a folding chair, showcasing Daniels' always strong physical acting." —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL

"In the role of Charlie Brown's faithful pet Snoopy, Matt Daniels thrills the audience with his mime-like antics, including a rendition of Snoopy as the Red Baron--or when he accompanies Wilson at the piano with his ukulele. Speaking only in several animal sounds, Daniels' Snoopy cavorts, dances, falls, flies and becomes the delightful divertissement similar to a canine Marcel Marceau, that master of sophisticated mime, part clown and part Charlie Chaplin. Daniels often mesmerizes the audience with his quiet comic mayhem, a delight when audiences might be overpowered by sound." —BROWADWAYWORLD.COM

Photo by Paul Ruffolo

Dogberry

Dogberry

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Illinois Shakespeare Festival

“Matt Daniels provides the aforementioned comic relief in his scene-stealing role as Constable Dogberry.  Words fail me here.  You’ll have to see it for yourself: funny stuff indeed.” —THE PANTAGRAPH

“The rest of the cast is also strong... especially Matt Daniels, who is hilarious as Dogberry, the bumbling constable.  In his dark uniform and high hat, Daniels looks a bit like Snidely Whiplash by way of the Ministry of Funny Walks. It’s inspired comedy.” —THE CHAMPAIGN NEWS-GAZETTE

"Dogberry and his watchmen are the slapstick crowd pleasers...The ovation they receive from the audience at curtain call is stirring on a sweltering summer night." —SHALTZ REVIEWS

Photo by Pete Guither

Dogberry

Dogberry

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival

“Matt Daniels, as Dogberry the puffed-up constable, is a show unto himself.” —WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL

Photo by Nyght Falcon

Zeke

Zeke

FASHION, Metropolitan Playhouse

The ace up Roe's casting sleeve is the remarkable Matt Daniels as Zeke, the Tiffanys' brand new Negro butler. Daniels appears to us initially in what looks like blackface makeup, which shocks; he wipes it off his face (it turns out to be coal dust) and then proceeds to behave, sans burnt cork, exactly as the white actor who played Zeke in 1845 almost certainly did, which is to say in the buffoonish, broadly comic manner of the minstrel show. This is a daring idea that works brilliantly...” —NYTHEATRE.COM

Photo by Ken Jacobsen

Bottom

Bottom

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Gorilla Rep

"The two best roles are Helena and Bottom, so it’s only natural that the actors who play them stand out, but they must be commended for not only seizing the bull of interpretation by the horns, but by his short hairs... As Bottom, Matt Daniels is absolutely insane... [he] is the one most likely to Kiss a pretty girl, grab an old man’s cane, or frighten a child into laughter, all the while racing through his hambone incarnate role... It was lovely." —SHOW BUSINESS WEEKLY

Photo by Benjamin Heller

The Duke/Dr. Carrasco

The Duke/Dr. Carrasco

MAN OF LA MANCHA, Milwaukee Repertory Theater

"...a spectacular Rep debut for a Milwaukee actor." —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

"It’s a great part for Matt Daniels, who has played numerous roles in Milwaukee involving confident, no-nonsense characters priding themselves on their pragmatic common sense.  But even Carrasco eventually contemplates the possibility that there’s more than one way of seeing, all while clinging to his view that his way is best.  Daniels gives us modest, appropriately underplayed hints of Carrasco’s growing doubt, adding texture to a character that could easily present as only and ever singly dimensioned.  It’s an auspicious Rep debut." —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINAL

"...many other actors, including... Matt Daniels (Duke)... make significant contributions to its overall splendor." —GMTODAY

Photo by Michael Brosilow

The Man With Red Eyes

The Man With Red Eyes

A WRINKLE IN TIME, First Stage

Matt Daniels gets a lion’s share of laughs as the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit, and equally draws shivers as the sinister Man with Red Eyes. —MILWAUKEE EXAMINER

Bullard

Bullard

A MIDNIGHT CRY, First Stage

"Matt Daniels, as the overseer who disciplines, punishes and eventually searches relentlessly for the escaped Lida, continues his string of superlative performances in Milwaukee. Since Daniels moved here from Chicago, he has established himself at the top of the acting pyramid." —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

Photo © Paul Ruffolo

Lord Farquaad

Lord Farquaad

SHREK THE MUSICAL, First Stage

"A word must also be written about Daniels, who plays the diminutive Farquaad on his knees with a pair of costume legs dangling down in front of his body. It is a sight gag that could easily have grown tiresome, but Daniels – one of the best in this city – refuses to let those legs define his character. He brings depth and distinction to the good lord, and deserves every laugh and hand clap he gets." —ONMILWAUKEE.COM

"Matt Daniels, well known for exquisite comic timing... uses his clipped English accent and condescending tone to good effect, making Farquaad an insufferable bully." —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

Photo © Paul Ruffolo

Lord Farquaad

Lord Farquaad

SHREK THE MUSICAL, First Stage

"Special applause goes to Milwaukee's Matt Daniels for his marvelous portrayal of the tiny raven haired, black hearted Prince Farquaad." —BROADWAYWORLD.COM

"In an incredible, funhouse mirror echo of Telford's performance, Matt Daniels embodies the shrunken wannabe king who, like Fiona, can't live up to expectations of who he's supposed to be." —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL

Photo © Paul Ruffolo

Wolfie

Wolfie

AESOP'S FABLES, First Stage

"Talented comic actor Matt Daniels brings a pleasant, commanding presence to the show. His enthusiasm and affable demeanor keep his performance as a wolf from being frightening to small children." —SHEPHERD-EXPRESS

Photo by Mark Frohna

Edmund

Edmund

KING LEAR, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival

Photo by Nyght Falcon