Don Grigware

Don Grigware is an Ovation nominated actor and 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 fifth year with BWW, currently serving as Senior Editor of the Los Angeles Page.
MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Reviews: 3D Theatricals' DAMN YANKEES Boasts Miles of HEARTBWW Reviews: 3D Theatricals' DAMN YANKEES Boasts Miles of HEART
Posted: Jul. 14, 2014


BWW Interviews: Kate Pazakis Talks Innovations at Rockwell Table and StageBWW Interviews: Kate Pazakis Talks Innovations at Rockwell
Posted: Jul. 16, 2014


BWW Reviews: ONCE's Absorbing Love Story Rocks the PantagesBWW Reviews: ONCE's Absorbing Love Story Rocks the Pantages
Posted: Jul. 20, 2014


BWW Reviews: DORIS AND ME a Smash at the El PortalBWW Reviews: DORIS AND ME a Smash at the El Portal
Posted: Jul. 25, 2014


BWW Reviews: Cabrillo Brings Back BYE BYE BIRDIEBWW Reviews: Cabrillo Brings Back BYE BYE BIRDIE
Posted: Jul. 21, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: Smashing FUNNY GIRL in Fullerton from 3D TheatricalsBWW Reviews: Smashing FUNNY GIRL in Fullerton from 3D Theatricals
Posted: Sep. 9, 2013


BWW Reviews: Endearing LIZA Minnelli Performs at Walt Disney Concert HallBWW Reviews: Endearing LIZA Minnelli Performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Posted: Mar. 26, 2014


BWW Reviews: Sir Andrew's WIZARD OF OZ Descends on the PantagesBWW Reviews: Sir Andrew's WIZARD OF OZ Descends on the Pantages
Posted: Sep. 19, 2013


BWW Reviews: 3D Theatricals' DAMN YANKEES Boasts Miles of HEARTBWW Reviews: 3D Theatricals' DAMN YANKEES Boasts Miles of HEART
Posted: Jul. 14, 2014


BWW Reviews: La Mirada Performs a Triumphant LES MISBWW Reviews: La Mirada Performs a Triumphant LES MIS
Posted: Jun. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews: Barry Manilow's HARMONY Finally Gets a Deserved Staging at the AhmansonBWW Reviews: Barry Manilow's HARMONY Finally Gets a Deserved Staging at the Ahmanson
Posted: Mar. 13, 2014


BWW Interviews: OBBA BABATUNDE Talks BROADWAY UNDER THE STARSBWW Interviews: OBBA BABATUNDE Talks BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS
August 1, 2014

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced a one-night-only concert event at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 16 at 8pm. Broadway Under the Stars will star Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) and will also feature (in alphabetical order) Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls), Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys, stage and film), Rogelio Douglas, Jr. (In the Heights), Danny Gurwin (Little Women) and Tony Award-nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis). David Galligan will direct, and the music director is Gerald Sternbach.
BWW Reviews: Consummate Vocalist Jeanne Page Knocks Her CD Preview Show REBOOT Out of the ParkBWW Reviews: Consummate Vocalist Jeanne Page Knocks Her CD Preview Show REBOOT Out of the Park
July 28, 2014

On Sunday July 27 powerhouse vocalist Jeanne Page made a stylish return to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal for a marvelous evening of standards done her way, entitled Reboot. This lady has a unique brand of humor that is intoxicating and infuses every song she sings with the true colors they deserve. She is about to release a CD of her work, so Reboot was a preview of the album. Believe me, it's a knockout!
BWW Reviews: Group Rep Presents a Gripping STREETCAR NAMED DESIREBWW Reviews: Group Rep Presents a Gripping STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
July 28, 2014

Tennessee Williams' classic A Streetcar Named Desire is revered as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century with Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, two of the most fascinating characters in theatrical history. Written in the 40s, the play does have many dated elements, but given a taut, well-honed production, its beautifully poetic passages still inspire...and its raw passions can ignite fireworks. Now onstage at the group rep in NoHo, Streetcar may be a daring choice for this company, but under L. Flint Esquerra's caring and detailed direction and with four actors perfectly cast in the lead roles, it is something to sing about.
BWW Reviews: Henson Alternative's PUPPET UP! UNCENSORED a Dandy Adult TreatBWW Reviews: Henson Alternative's PUPPET UP! UNCENSORED a Dandy Adult Treat
July 28, 2014

As part of their annual Summer at the Playhouse series in July, which this year also included Joey Luft and Mary Bridget Davies, Pasadena Playhouse hosted Henson Alternative's Puppet Up! Uncensored for 3 nights only. Music, Mayhem, Madness was promised and certainly delivered with six puppeteers, comic host Patrick Bristow - and at least 50 puppets centerstage. The show is audience friendly; in fact, in a couple of scenarios, audience members are invited on stage to participate in what appears to be a spontaneously imagined set.
Photo Flash: DORIS AND ME at the El Portal Welcomes the Doris Day Animal Foundation and Celebrities Who Worked with DayPhoto Flash: DORIS AND ME at the El Portal Welcomes the Doris Day Animal Foundation and Celebrities Who Worked with Day
July 25, 2014

Opening night of Doris and Me at the El Portal Theatre in NoHo hosted many celebrities including actors who costarred with Doris Day.
BWW Reviews: DORIS AND ME a Smash at the El PortalBWW Reviews: DORIS AND ME a Smash at the El Portal
July 25, 2014

Actor/singer Scott Dreier is, by self-description, consumed with Doris Day. He has been a fan since a tender age, watching every Doris Day movie and listening to every Day album hundreds, perhaps thousands of times. We all love Day. Who doesn't? She symbolizes all that is sweet and good in life! Because of her genuine spirit, it became OK for actresses like Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper to have their own shows, representing ordinary yet intelligent young middle-class women and their problems. Because of her, four legged creatures have more organizations looking out for their total welfare. Because of her, our overall lives are a whole lot happier. Scott Dreier, like Day, is genuine, warm with a strong lilting vocal instrument and possessing an infectious charisma, with that famous 'sparkling smile' that will not quit on or off stage. He is the perfect entertainer to extol Doris Day and to sing her unforgettable music.
BWW Reviews: Ken Ludwig's LEADING LADIES Are Ravishing at GCTBWW Reviews: Ken Ludwig's LEADING LADIES Are Ravishing at GCT
July 21, 2014

Playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo as well as Leading Ladies) is one of a dying breed of American farceurs. How many presently exist? In the UK, yes, there are many. Farce is their specialty, but not in the US. So, that given, Leading Ladies is a uniquely special ode to the theatre, to Shakespeare and to that band of traveling actors who make little money but devote their lives to entertain us, and to comedy put forth at a breakneck pace. Thanks to Ken Ludwig and his Leading Ladies our lives are that much brighter. Now in an especially exhilarating production at GCT James Castle Stevens skillfully guides a fiercely talented cast through August 16.
BWW Reviews: Cabrillo Brings Back BYE BYE BIRDIEBWW Reviews: Cabrillo Brings Back BYE BYE BIRDIE
July 21, 2014

Ah, the rhythms of the 50s/60s! Got 'A Lot of Livin' to Do'! Lee Adams and Charles Strouse wrote the music and lyrics of Bye Bye Birdie to honor a generation of fans who swooned and literally gave themselves over to the rock and roll of Elvis Presley. Conrad Birdie (Austin MacPhee) is an obvious play on Conway Twitty, a rock star of that era who later became a superstar in the world of country. When Elvis went into the army, he became a national hero. Female teens adored him and would give up their own boyfriends just to be near him. This is Bye Bye Birdie in a nutshell now in a rollicking revival at Cabrillo Music Theatre through July 27.
BWW Reviews: ONCE's Absorbing Love Story Rocks the PantagesBWW Reviews: ONCE's Absorbing Love Story Rocks the Pantages
July 20, 2014

Once/book by Enda Walsh/music & lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova/directed by John Tiffany/Pantages Theatre/through August 10
BWW Interviews: Kate Pazakis Talks Innovations at Rockwell Table and StageBWW Interviews: Kate Pazakis Talks Innovations at Rockwell Table and Stage
July 16, 2014

Belting songstress Kate Pazakis was recently named executive producer of Rockwell Table and Stage in Hollywood. In our chat she talks about her past successes and gives us a glimpse of her big plans for Rockwell's immediate future. Kate, you have an amazing voice and have become known as one of the theatre's best kept secrets. How do you react to that? Tell me a few of the shows you have been involved with. I'd rather be nine people's favorite thing than
BWW Reviews: Deliriously Funny BUYER & CELLAR Captivates Mark Taper AudiencesBWW Reviews: Deliriously Funny BUYER & CELLAR Captivates Mark Taper Audiences
July 15, 2014

To set the record straight, actor Michael Urie introduces Buyer & Cellar by stating quite emphatically that what we are about to see is a fiction. He then holds up a copy of Barbra Streisand's book My Passion for Design published in 2010. In it Streisand describes her dream house. This book fed playwright Jonathan Tolin's imagination to create a fictitious play about a mall in the cellar of the icon's home. Starring Urie as an out-of-work LA actor who takes a job running the stores in the mall and focusing on his dream relationship with his new boss, Buyer & Cellar is replete with deliriously campy humor and takes a moment or two to show - if indeed it were possible - the very personal side of the iconic superstar. Streisand fans, take note: the award-winning off-Broadway one-man show plays at the Mark Taper Forum through August 17 only!
BWW Reviews: 3D Theatricals' DAMN YANKEES Boasts Miles of HEARTBWW Reviews: 3D Theatricals' DAMN YANKEES Boasts Miles of HEART
July 14, 2014

Belonging to the Golden Age of Broadway musicals, Damn Yankees opened in New York in 1955, winning 7 Tony Awards and was made into a feature film in 1958, starring its original Tony winners Ray Walston and Gwen Verdon. In fact, Damn Yankees sparked the long-time fruitful collaboration between Verdon and choreographer Bob Fosse. Legendary stuff! Now in a dazzling revival at 3D Theatricals in Fullerton, America's number one sport baseball - well, in the 50s anyway - is given a finely honed treatment...the perfect summer entertainment.
BWW Reviews: ALWAYS PATSY CLINE Offers Lots of Love at the El PortalBWW Reviews: ALWAYS PATSY CLINE Offers Lots of Love at the El Portal
July 14, 2014

Popular across the country for the past decade, Always Patsy Cline celebrates country/pop superstar Patsy Cline, her music and her warm down.to.earth persona. Endearing from the get go it stars the very funny and endearing Sally Struthers as Texas housewife Louise Seger and Carter Calvert as Cline. With the overabundant charm exuded by both stars and backed by a superb five-piece combo that includes John Randall at the piano and Roger Cohen, Calvert's husband, on drums, Always Patsy Cline should take audiences over the moon, through August 3 only.
BWW Reviews: WITHOUT ANNETTE Reawakens Improv at the WhitefireBWW Reviews: WITHOUT ANNETTE Reawakens Improv at the Whitefire
July 12, 2014

At first I thought, 'Oh, finally a tribute to Annette Funicello! It's about time.' Wrong!! Without Annette - without a net - is about an improv class with a mixed group of actors ranging in age from old to young, consummate pro to no experience, manic to laid back - you name it, that person is there. A play about improv? Improv can be fun sometimes if it's used for the right purposes, but a play about the process? Such was my dubious state as I entered the Whitefire last night, but got an initial nice surprise as producer Lawrence Juber was playing guitar onstage. Music before the show. Mmmm Maybe this will be a fun evening after all. And yes, indeed, it did exceed my expectations. With a fine cast, razor-sharp direction from co-writer Jeff Doucette and lots of surprisingly well-done scenarios, life and art do merge at least for two+ hours in Without Annette. The play is scripted, but honest to goodness real improvs do take place.
BWW Reviews: THE MANOR Continues to Thrill in Its Twelfth Consecutive YearBWW Reviews: THE MANOR Continues to Thrill in Its Twelfth Consecutive Year
July 11, 2014

The Manor/written by Kathrine Bates/directed by Flora Plumb/Theatre 40 at Greystone/select performances through August 16/(consult www.theatre40.org)
BWW Interviews: The Jubers Discuss WITHOUT ANNETTE Set to Open at Whitefire, 7/10BWW Interviews: The Jubers Discuss WITHOUT ANNETTE Set to Open at Whitefire, 7/10
July 8, 2014

Hope Juber and Laurence Juber discuss their latest stage endeavor Without Annette set to open Thursday July 10 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Hope co-penned the play with Jeff Doucette. Her husband Laurence serves as producer.
BWW Reviews: Kritzerland Goes Off-Broadway at Sterling's Upstairs at the FederalBWW Reviews: Kritzerland Goes Off-Broadway at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
July 7, 2014

It was a pleasure to return to Kritzerland Sunday July 6 for its 47th show saluting Off-Broadway shows: Kritzerland Goes Off-Broadway. Featured were stalwart hits: Hair, Ruthless!, Little Mary Sunshine, Dames at Sea, Falsettos, The Fantasticks and more recent hits such as Floyd Collins, Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years and Dogfight. With Bruce Kimmel as host, in dandy form as usual with his amazing trivia notes in between numbers, and sensational musical director John Boswell at the piano, the show got off to a rousing start with young Brennley Brown belting out 'Born to Entertain' from Ruthless! Also on the bill for the evening were the wonderful: Robert Yacko, Madison Claire Parks, Kim Huber, young folks Jenna Lee Rosen, Sami Staitman and special guest stars Jason Graae and Rita McKenzie.
Actor/Singer Bernard Dotson Brings Rollicking Unexpected Songs to Sterling'sActor/Singer Bernard Dotson Brings Rollicking Unexpected Songs to Sterling's
June 30, 2014

On Sunday June 29 handsome singer Bernard Dotson brought his unique friendly style and self-proclaimed big black man powerhouse voice to an SRO crowd at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal with his debut cabaret show Unexpected Songs, which recently played the Metropolitan Room in New York. This very talented Los Angeles-born man has a passion for the arts that stretches back 18 years when he was singing for Disney Cruises and eventually in 6 different Broadway shows.
BWW Reviews: GHOST THE MUSICAL Makes West Coast Premiere at PantagesBWW Reviews: GHOST THE MUSICAL Makes West Coast Premiere at Pantages
June 30, 2014

Ghost the Musical/book & lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin/music & lyrics by Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard/directed by Matthew Warchus/Pantages Theatre/through July 13
BWW Reviews: Australian Singer David Campbell Scores Once More This Time with John Bucchino At His SideBWW Reviews: Australian Singer David Campbell Scores Once More This Time with John Bucchino At His Side
June 25, 2014

In 2010 David Campbell released a CD entitled On Broadway, a compilation of show tunes which he performed with a dynamic showmanship that is an inherent part of his enormous talent. He toured extensively in Australia and also the US in LA, San Francisco and New York, and during his short stay in LA I had the chance to review his show at the Catalina Jazz Club. I found him to be a delightfully drole entertainer with a terrific theatre voice and winning personality. His delivery onstage was well preserved on CD and DVD, making him a joy to listen to and watch.


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