Don Grigware

Don Grigware Don Grigware is an Ovation nominated actor and journalist/writer whose contributions to theatre through the years have included 6 years as theatre editor of NoHoLA, a contributor to LA Stage Magazine and currently on his own website:
www.grigwaretalkstheatre.com

Don hails from Holyoke, Massachusetts and holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Education and Bilingual Studies. He is a teacher of foreign language and ESL.

Don is in his eighth year with BWW, currently serving as Senior Editor of the Los Angeles Page. He received a BWW Award for Excellence in 2014 as one of the top ten Regional Editors across the globe.

Don is also an author/playwright and recently published Books I, II & III of his children's fable Two Worlds Together: Donnelly's Greatest Christmas. You may purchase copies of the two volumes at amazon.com A trilogy of one-acts in a collection called Holiday Madness was recently revised and re-published, also on amazon.com. Both the story and plays are available on kindle as well as in paperback.

There are new projects on the horizon, including co-authoring an autobiography, publishing a collection of scary mini-plays - 10-15 minutes in length - and publishing a sequel to Two Worlds Together, entitled Donnelly Tackles Technology. Stay tuned in 2017 for more fun and games!



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BWW Review: Musical Theatre West Mounts a Quintessential CAROUSELBWW Review: Musical Theatre West Mounts a Quintessential CAROUSEL
Posted: Mar. 27, 2017


BWW Interview: Director Molly Smith Discusses THE ORIGINALIST at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Interview: Director Molly Smith Discusses THE ORIGINALIST at Pasadena Playhouse
Posted: Apr. 3, 2017


BWW Review: A Refreshing Stroll INTO THE WOODS at AhmansonBWW Review: A Refreshing Stroll INTO THE WOODS at Ahmanson
Posted: Apr. 6, 2017


BWW Review: E Spot Lounge Welcomes MICHAEL LAVINE & FRIENDSBWW Review: E Spot Lounge Welcomes MICHAEL LAVINE & FRIENDS
Posted: Apr. 20, 2017


BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Exudes Rhythm and Sparkle at the PantagesBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Exudes Rhythm and Sparkle at the Pantages
Posted: Mar. 27, 2017


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BWW Review: Robyn Spangler Brings RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN SPANGLER to RockwellBWW Review: Robyn Spangler Recreates Riddle & Ronstadt
Posted: Jan. 18, 2017


BWW Interview: Actress Judith Light Talks GOD LOOKED AWAY and Working with Al PacinoBWW Interview: Judith Light Talks GOD LOOKED AWAY
Posted: Feb. 20, 2017


BWW Review: BWW Award Winner and Tony Winning Jersey Boys Star JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Continues to Rock Sterling's Upstairs at the FederalBWW Review: JOHN LLOYD YOUNG
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BWW Interview: Actress Christine Pedi Talks S.T.A.G.E. Benefit IDOLS & ICONS To Be Performed One Night Only on May 13BWW Interview: Actress Christine Pedi Talks S.T.A.G.E. Benefit IDOLS & ICONS To Be Performed One Night Only on May 13
April 26, 2017

Actress Christine Pedi is well known for her theatre/cabaret appearances as well as TV and SiriusXM radio. Her finest hour has come in Forbidden Broadway with her glorious singing impressions. She took time out from her busy schedule to talk about her upcoming appearance in LA for the last S.T.A.G.E. benefit on Saturday May 13 at the Saban Theatre.

BWW Review: Group rep May Be Proud with A DULL PAIN TURNED SHARPBWW Review: Group rep May Be Proud with A DULL PAIN TURNED SHARP
April 25, 2017

It is easy to find a play today about family dysfunction but one with a totally unpredictable and engrossing story line? Think again! Brent Beerman has come up with one calledA Dull Pain Turned Sharpnow onstage at Group rep in NoHo. The title may sound offputting but what audience have in store is witnessing a wonderful bonding experience with a top notch cast and meticulous direction from Kay Cole currently through June 4.

BWW Review: Timeless, Cherished WEST SIDE STORY Receives a Near to Perfect Production at La MiradaBWW Review: Timeless, Cherished WEST SIDE STORY Receives a Near to Perfect Production at La Mirada
April 24, 2017

Indeed,West Side Storyis the most acclaimed musical. And, ask musical actors/actresses what is their favorite Broadway musical of all time and most concur,West Side Story.Why? It has phenomenal music by Leonard Bernstein, with concise poetic lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a tight and gripping book by Arthur Laurents. The brilliant choreography established in 1957 by Jerome Robbins will never be forgotten. The book presents one of the most powerful love stories ever, next toRomeo and Juliet. With all these elements complementing one another, from the first downbeat of the orchestra and the appearance of the Jets creeping in one by one on a half-lit stage, the show pulls you in and doesn't let go for its two and a half hours ... and its message and images of love linger long after the curtain falls.

BWW Review: E Spot Lounge Welcomes MICHAEL LAVINE & FRIENDSBWW Review: E Spot Lounge Welcomes MICHAEL LAVINE & FRIENDS
April 20, 2017

At the E Spot Lounge, upstairs at Vitello's, Studio City on Tuesday April 18, Amy Brothman and Dianne Fraser produced a delightfully eclectic evening of song and storytelling under the supervision of musical directorMichael Lavine, titled simplyMichael Lavine & Friends.What a treat!Lavine, who lives most of the year in New York,is a director, performer, coach and musical genius par excellence. He has produced a CD also entitledMichale Lavine & Friends, which, like the show, offers rarely heard songs from less familiar Broadway shows. Some of these are musical gems, and for one reason or another, never hit the charts.

BWW Interview: Fiasco Theater Company's Patrick Mulryan Talks Deep INTO THE WOODSBWW Interview: Fiasco Theater Company's Patrick Mulryan Talks Deep INTO THE WOODS
April 17, 2017

Actor Patrick Mulryan, a member of the Fiasco Theater Company, is currently playing Jack in their touring production of Into the Woods at the Ahmanson through May 14. He took time from his busy schedule to talk about the role and his blossoming theatre career. Patrick, you are having such a great time playing Jack that the joy you are feeling transcends the footlights. What is your honest impression of him? Define his character traits and flaws.

BWW Review: Thought Provoking THE ORIGINALIST Arrives at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Review: Thought Provoking THE ORIGINALIST Arrives at Pasadena Playhouse
April 17, 2017

From the moment the strains of Verdi'sLa Traviatawere heard in the wings and Edward Gero as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia entered through a part in the curtain pretending to conduct the orchestra in a joyously bemused state, I sensed we were in for a treat. How right I was! In and around the courtroom ... a perfect place for passion and theatrics, this is John Strand'sThe Originalist,a somewhat factual play set in Washington from 2012-13. The piece boasts intelligent writing, and a grande performance from Gero as Scalia, as well as great work from Jade Wheeler and Brett Mack, all of whom leave an indelible mark by making us think. You actually leave the theatre refreshed ... and somewhat hopeful about the future of our political system.

BWW Interview: Broadway Actress/Director/Choreographer Kay Cole Talks About A DULL PAIN TURNED SHARPBWW Interview: Broadway Actress/Director/Choreographer Kay Cole Talks About A DULL PAIN TURNED SHARP
April 12, 2017

Actress/singer/dancer/director/choreographer KAY COLE is known for her award-winning work in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line, which garnered the Tony, Pulitzer Prize, Drama Desk, and Theatre World awards -among others. Other credits as director/choreographer include hundreds of plays and musicals in New York, LA and London. Visit her website for a complete list:www.kaycole.net She is currently directing Group rep's production of a new play by Brent Beerman A DULL PAIN TURNED SHARP that will open Friday April 21. She also has a CD called Souvenir just released by Kritzerland Records. We know you did the trailblazing A Chorus Line in 1976 for Michael Bennett. It opened new doors for you and many other artists and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. You have been a triple threa

BWW Interview: Playwright Brent Beerman Discusses A DULL PAIN TURNED SHARP To Open at Group rep April 21BWW Interview: Playwright Brent Beerman Discusses A DULL PAIN TURNED SHARP To Open at Group rep April 21
April 10, 2017

PlaywrightBrent Beerman is A UCLA MFA graduate;his Gabriel's Rapture won the Corner Stage National Theater Contest; Millionaires opened Off-Broadway; Dancing in the Shadows won the Pacificus Foundation of Los Angeles Literary Award; his libretto for Jesus' Daughter and Womin, touring Europe and the United States, were featured on CNN. In Los Angeles, Another Washington Affair was recently directed by Kay Cole. A Dull Pain, Turned Sharp was a prizewinner at the MOXIE Films New Play Competition and a reading featured at the HOWL festival in New York City. He is the director of theater at Crescenta Valley High School which annually produces over 14 plays with five guest directors. Written by Steve Peterson

BWW Review: A Refreshing Stroll INTO THE WOODS at AhmansonBWW Review: A Refreshing Stroll INTO THE WOODS at Ahmanson
April 6, 2017

Into the Woods/book by James Lapine/music & lyrcs by Stephen Sondheim/Fiasco Theater Company Production Tour/Ahmanson/directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld/through May 14 I first sawInto the Woodsin 1987 when it premiered in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre. At that point, the Witch was not the leader of the pack; in New York the role was enlarged in 1988 and Bernadette Peters played her on Broadway. The play which cleverly intertwines favorite fairytalesCinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstock, andRapunzelwith a new storyThe Baker and his Wife, somehow left me cold. The

BWW Interview: Director Gordon Bressack Talks About MURDER, ANYONE?BWW Interview: Director Gordon Bressack Talks About MURDER, ANYONE?
April 5, 2017

Writer/Director/Producer Gordon Bre4ssack is a veteran of the NY Off-Off Broadway scene as a member of The Playhouse of the Ridiculous. He toured Europe three times with that group and was with them in 1971 when they were all arrested for obscenity in Brussels. He came to Los Angeles in 1983 and was soon hired at Hanna-Barbera writing such shows as 'Scooby- Doo' and 'The Smurfs'. He went on to Warner Bros. Animation and won three Emmys for his work on 'Animaniacs' and 'Pinky & the Brain.' His two previous plays in LA, 'Fuggedaboudit' and 'Missing Dick' were audience and critical favorites. by Steve Peterson

BWW Review: GMCLA Knocks HE HAD IT COMING Out of the ParkBWW Review: GMCLA Knocks HE HAD IT COMING Out of the Park
April 4, 2017

On April 1 and 2 GMCLA presented its spring concert at the Alex Theatre in GlendaleHe Had It Coming, a compilation of Broadway tunes with special guest star Tony winner and Emmy nominated actor/singer Alan Cumming and a few magnificent surprises. Needless to say, the show was one of their longest, running almost two hours and a half including intermission, but was well worth it.

BWW Review: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (abridged) Bows at the Falcon TheatreBWW Review: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (abridged) Bows at the Falcon Theatre
April 3, 2017

The last time I laughed, really laughed at something funny, I didn't stop to ask myself what made it funny. The various classifications of comedy through the ages have never seemed that significant to learn unless I were a professor of comedy or were looking for a few items of fun trivia to share at a cocktail party. Reed Martin and Justin Tichenor love to abridge as in theirReduced Shakespeareand theHistory of America, both of which seem to work just fine with audiences, but if you reduce comedy, doesn't it take the fun out of funny? For the first half ofThe Complete History of Comedy (abridged), currently onstage at the Falcon Theatre,I felt like I was in a classroom instead of the theatre. Lists and lists of the funniest people, funniest double acts, etc were thrown at us as if we were students preparing for a major exam on the subject. But by the time the first act came to an end, in a scene filled with strobe lights, a Mack Sennett chase replete with cream pies flying and cops falling down took center stage, and what he had been hearing about started to make sense. Comedy is the slap, the pratfall, the schtik, the slapstick produce the laugh-filled relief that we get from the pressures of everyday living. Under the fast paced direction of Jerry Kernion, three geniuses of physical comedy Marc Ginsburg, Mark Jacobson and last. but hardly least Zehra Fazal prove that they can put on a show and make us laugh.

BWW Interview: Director Molly Smith Discusses THE ORIGINALIST at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Interview: Director Molly Smith Discusses THE ORIGINALIST at Pasadena Playhouse
April 3, 2017

Artistic director of Arena Stage in Washington DC Molly Smith directs John Strand's The Originalist about the Supreme Court onstage at the Pasadena Playhouse beginning April 11. The play focuses on a clerkship between a young woman and recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia portrayed by Edward Gero. It fits the times to perfection as the two characters spar on a grand scale to defend their interpretation of the truth as written in our constitution. In our chat, Smith talks about the play, its mission, this co-production and also about her work at Arena Stage.

BWW Interview: Ana Isabel Ordonez Discusses her Writing Process and the Unsung Heroes Award Presentation  in South Africa in November 2016BWW Interview: Ana Isabel Ordonez Discusses her Writing Process and the Unsung Heroes Award Presentation in South Africa in November 2016
March 29, 2017

In Part I of this interview, Ana Isabel Ordonez gives us a glimpse into her next project and the elaborate process her brilliant mind goes through in its organisation and execution. In Part II, she discusses the Leah Tutu Unsung Heroes Award, which took place in November last year.

BWW Review: Musical Theatre West Mounts a Quintessential CAROUSELBWW Review: Musical Theatre West Mounts a Quintessential CAROUSEL
March 27, 2017

Carouselis Rodgers and Hammerstein's favorite musical. Produced on Broadway in 1945 with John Raitt and Jan Clayton in the roles of Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, it was R & H's second hit in a row,Oklahoma!being the first, with a string of others to follow. Any Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is amongthe very bestthere is in the annals of musical theatre history. The incredibly beautiful music alone is enough to keep an audience riveted, but Hammerstein's books were also laden with topical themes and much food for thought, as withCarouselthat becomes a sort of parable for love, forgiveness and redemption. In their current beautifully mounted revival ofCarousel,MTW may be assured of a gigantic hit.

BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Exudes Rhythm and Sparkle at the PantagesBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Exudes Rhythm and Sparkle at the Pantages
March 27, 2017

Parisian charm is precious, incomparable. Even though the action ofAn American in Paristakes place in 1945 after World War II had taken its toll, it is still lively, colorful and full of breathtaking romantic excitement. Fans of the 1951 film with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron will not be disappointed because the choreography of the live musical by director Christopher Wheeldon is magnetic as are the leading players Garen Scribner as Jerry Mulligan and Sara Esty as Lise Dassin, both ballet dancers. If you love great dancing, that is reason enough to seeAn American in Pariscurrently at the Hollywood Pantages through April 9.

BWW Review: Superbly Staged ROMEO AND JULIET Just Closed at ArchwayBWW Review: Superbly Staged ROMEO AND JULIET Just Closed at Archway
March 21, 2017

On Sunday March 19 I paid a visit toArchway Studio Theatre in Burbankfor the matinee performance ofRomeo and Juliet.It was the last performance and my very first time at Archway, who are known mainly for their presentation of the classics. Needless to say, I was blown way by the production, the direction and the entire ensemble who all invested themselves so dearly in their roles.

BWW Review: Sierra Madre Playhouse Welcomes a Treasure-Filled BELLE OF AMHERSTBWW Review: Sierra Madre Playhouse Welcomes a Treasure-Filled BELLE OF AMHERST
March 21, 2017

Based on the poetry, diaries and letters of poet Emily Elizabeth Dickinson of Amherst, Massachusetts, William Luce'sThe Belle of Amherstopened to great acclaim on Broadway in 1976 winning a Tony for its star Julie Harris. Petite like Dickinson herself, Harris continued to play the role for 25 years, again reviving it on tour at the Laguna Playhouse in the year 2000. I am happy to say I saw both the 1976 and 2000 productions, which were indeed mesmerizing. Now at Sierra Madre Playhouse, tall and very unique Ferrell Marshall produces and stars as Emily in a brave and exciting performance through April 23. I can only say that in spite of her physical differences, she pulled me in immediately and in the end made me feel every bit as joyful as when I had seen the play before.

BWW Interview: Amanda Moresco Directs WHERE THE NUMBERS END at the Whitefire TheatreBWW Interview: Amanda Moresco Directs WHERE THE NUMBERS END at the Whitefire Theatre
March 20, 2017

Amanda began her career as an actress in New York City working for the late Sidney Lumet. Amanda has appeared in numerous films and TV shows and earned a SAG Award for Ensemble Cast for the Academy Award-winning film Crash. Pursuing her real passion, writing, Amanda has learned from the best by working behind the camera for Woody Allen, Bobby Moresco, and David Chase, and in writer's rooms as assistant for Paul Haggis, Todd Field, John Lee Hancock, Mark Johnson, and Gil Adler. Amanda wrote two episodes for the first season of NBC's The Black Donnellys. She has had two feature films produced. Amanda has written and produced numerous one-act plays. Most recently, she directed the L. A. production of William Hoffman's 'Cal in Camo' which went on to a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run. Amanda is raising two sons and splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.

BWW Interview: Bryan Fox Directs MALICIOUS BUNNYBWW Interview: Bryan Fox Directs MALICIOUS BUNNY
March 17, 2017

Director Bryan Foxis an award-winning writer, director, and actor, as well as notable photographer whose work has been displayed in gallery shows around the world. Most recently, his photography was shown at the prestigious Art Basel in Miami. Bryan began directing with his short film "Dissonance" which screened throughout the U.S. and opened film festivals in Canada, Italy, Germany, and India. It won over 20 awards including Best Short Film at the Accolade Global Film Competition, Indie Fest Awards, LA Spotlight Film Festival, Waterfront Film Festival, Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival and the Temecula Film Festival. He also wrote and directed the film "We Alone' which took top prize for music video at the Accolade Global Film Festival. Bryan most recently directed an upcoming episode of the web series "Gossip Boy."



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