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 ninth 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 both a bilingual novel about Columbia and 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: Davis Gaines Steals MAN OF LA MANCHA at La MiradaBWW Review: Davis Gaines Steals MAN OF LA MANCHA at La Mirada
Posted: Jun. 5, 2017


BWW Review: Donna McKechnie Brings Joyful SAME PLACE ANOTHER TIME to LABWW Review: Donna McKechnie Brings Joyful SAME PLACE ANOTHER TIME to LA
Posted: May. 30, 2017


BWW Interview: Producer/Director Bruce Kimmel Talks About Directing DIAL M FOR MURDERBWW Interview: Producer/Director Bruce Kimmel Talks About Directing DIAL M FOR MURDER
Posted: Jun. 20, 2017


BWW Review: Brilliant ReImagined OKLAHOMA! at 3-D TheatricalsBWW Review: Brilliant ReImagined OKLAHOMA! at 3-D Theatricals
Posted: Jun. 20, 2017


BWW Review: Hollywood Fringe Cheers HELLO AGAIN! THE SONGS OF ALLAN SHERMANBWW Review: Hollywood Fringe Cheers HELLO AGAIN! THE SONGS OF ALLAN SHERMAN
Posted: Jun. 12, 2017


BWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS CHRISTMAS Closed This Past Weekend As a Part of the Hollywood FringeBWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS CHRISTMAS Closed This Past Weekend As a Part of the Hollywood Fringe
Posted: Jun. 26, 2017


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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
Posted: Apr. 24, 2017


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 Review: A HARMONY BOYS CHRISTMAS Closed This Past Weekend As Part of the Hollywood FringeBWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS CHRISTMAS Closed This Past Weekend As Part of the Hollywood Fringe
June 26, 2017

Described as 'an evening of song, dance and holiday cheer in support of the 'Force Feed the World' charity fund',A Harmony Boys Christmasas a musical satire revels in being politically incorrect. It concentrates on traditions like Santa Claus coming down the chimney, crackers - fun toys that are popular with the Brits - and even the birth of the 'Sweet Little Jesus Boy' and tears them all to shreds.

BWW Review: Brilliant ReImagined OKLAHOMA! at 3-D TheatricalsBWW Review: Brilliant ReImagined OKLAHOMA! at 3-D Theatricals
June 20, 2017

WhenOklahoma!was first produced on Broadway in 1943 it became the first smash hit for the newly formed collaborating team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and was also the first real book musical, preceded only byShowboat. It was a breakthrough musical, which when given a first-class production, is still, some 74 years later, without question, one of the greatest American musicals ever written. 'The Farmer and the Cowman' truly represents the philosophy of what America is all about, a unity and pride that is unmistakable.Oklahoma!is currently onstage in Redondo Beach, directed byT.J. Dawson, artistic director of 3-D Theatricals. He has beautifully succeeded in reimaginingOklahoma!for the 21st century. In the 40s it was not appropriate to portray racism onstage the way it clearly existed. Modern audiences, however, demand that musicals go a giant step further and explore life in all its complexities. I can thruthfully state that thisOklahoma!is quite unlike any production you have ever seen....and that means you should put it at the top of your must-see list. Our country has always been referred to as a melting pot culture. The expression rings in this produciton ofOklahoma!There's Ali Hakim (Drew Boudreau), the traveling pedlar, who sets his eyes on Ado Annie (Kelley Dorney). He is Persian. And in this production Jud Fry is African American (played by Rufus Bonds, Jr.). His hidden affections for Laurey (Julia Aks) are not only difficult for her to accept because of his low class, rough and cruel behavior, but being black in 1906 made you ... intolerable. Casting Fry as black adds a whole other dimension to the story. Fry seems beleaguered by previous war inju

BWW Interview: Producer/Director Bruce Kimmel Talks About Directing DIAL M FOR MURDERBWW Interview: Producer/Director Bruce Kimmel Talks About Directing DIAL M FOR MURDER
June 20, 2017

Bruce Kimmel wrote, directed and starred in the cult movie hit, "The First Nudie Musical." He also co-created the story for the hit film, "The Faculty," directed by Robert Rodriguez. As an actor, Mr. Kimmel guest-starred on most of the long-running television shows of the 1970s. Mr. Kimmel is a legendary Grammy-nominated producer of theatre music on CD, having produced over 180 albums. Most recently he has directed the shows L.A. Now and Then, Hit Song, The Musical, Welcome to My World, Li'l Abner, and Inside Out. Mr. Kimmel is the author of seventeen books, many musicals, and is an award-winning songwriter. Bruce Kimmel serves as director on the Group Rep's upcoming production of Frederick Knott's mystery thriller Dial "M" for Murder which opens on the Main Stage, June 30th,at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood at the edge of the NoHo Arts District. Written by Steve Peterson

BWW Review: Hollywood Fringe Cheers HELLO AGAIN! THE SONGS OF ALLAN SHERMANBWW Review: Hollywood Fringe Cheers HELLO AGAIN! THE SONGS OF ALLAN SHERMAN
June 12, 2017

Hello Again! The Songs of Allan Sherman/conceived, written & produced by Linden Waddell/musical direction and accompaniment by Marjorie Poe/directed and choreographed by Janet Miller/Asylum @ Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre/remaining performances in June: Sunday 6/18 at 4 pm; Thursday 6/22 at 7 pm; and Saturday 6/24 at 11:30 am Sherman (below)

BWW Review: Davis Gaines Steals MAN OF LA MANCHA at La MiradaBWW Review: Davis Gaines Steals MAN OF LA MANCHA at La Mirada
June 5, 2017

As many times as I seeMan of La Mancha,I relish the music and high dramatic moments of this classic piece of theatre. Such is the case when the production is top notch, with the perfect actors and highly skilled direction. La Mirada's current revival is top of the line with director Glenn Casale leaving his usual stamp of excellence. The beauty ofMan of La Manchaas a musical is that the story is never dated; it lives and breathes in the moment. When it premiered on Broadway in the 1960s it was a winner and now, almost 60 years later, it is just as engrossing. Madness is always fun to play with. What is madness? And...what is normality? There's a fine line between Quijote's crazy behavior and the deceptive politician, say, who defines himself as a seeker of equality. When we see things as they really are, it is too painful, intolerab

BWW Review: Donna McKechnie Brings Joyful SAME PLACE ANOTHER TIME to LABWW Review: Donna McKechnie Brings Joyful SAME PLACE ANOTHER TIME to LA
May 30, 2017

Someone once asked me what the key is to a good cabaret performance. My answer? First, the performer should be an experienced actor and really know him or herself in depth. He must separate his own personality from every role played on stage. Cabaret audiences want to see something special, a glow from the inside that makes the person take hold of the moment and run with it. Nobody does this better thanDonna McKechnie, Tony Award winner forA Chorus Line, whose vibrant persona adds warmth to every moment that she is in our presence. To me she is practically the same off stage as on; maybe that's the key, just being your true joyful self.

BWW Review: Isolation and Romance Pervade Theatre 40 in Handsome Revival of Rarely Seen SEPARATE TABLESBWW Review: Isolation and Romance Pervade Theatre 40 in Handsome Revival of Rarely Seen SEPARATE TABLES
May 22, 2017

Dated? Most definitely. Terence Rattigan'sSeparate Tables is about 1950s morality as it was experienced in Great Britain. Things have changed over 60 years; let's hope first and foremost that women are treated more humanely by men, and secondly, one's social class - does it even exist today? - is much less a priority. On another level, it's fascinating to witness the desperate loneliness that existed - and still may- among both young and older couples, particularly when they're encumbered with one addiction or another. That's Rattigan'sSeparate Tableswith two completely different lead couples in each act who try to uncover or rediscover the meaning of love. With expert direction from Jules Aaron and a superb ensemble of players, Theatre 40'sSeparate Tablesis quite a handsome and emotionally charged production.

BWW Review: Rajiv Joseph's ARCHDUKE Plays Out with Comedic Brilliance at MTFBWW Review: Rajiv Joseph's ARCHDUKE Plays Out with Comedic Brilliance at MTF
May 9, 2017

Playwright Rajiv Joseph, best known for his critically acclaimedBengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoohas done it again with his world premiere playArchdukenow onstage at the MTF through June 4. Based on fact and meticulously researched in Sarajevo where Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914 by Joseph and his director Giovanna Sardelli, the play has the ring of truth, but what catapults it into the sphere of brilliance is its dark humor that masks the gravity beneath.

BWW Review: Chromolume Theatre Revives an Intriguing HELLO AGAINBWW Review: Chromolume Theatre Revives an Intriguing HELLO AGAIN
May 8, 2017

With this concise Wikipedia description in mind let's say that Michael John LaChuisa has taken liberties in composing his musical version ofLa RondecalledHello Again.The musical first premiered off-Broadway in 1993. Liberties taken primarily are placing 10 scenes and characters in different time periods of the 20th century in a non-chronological order...and utilizing simulated raw sex in many of the scenes. When the whore (a very enticing Michelle Holmes) gets her hooks into the soldier (Cesar Cipriano), it is 1900. In the next scene the soldier comes onto the nurse in 1940. Mores changed with the times and sexual practices diversified, particularly in the 60s and 70s with Woodstock an open haven for hippies and rampant sex, and then later homosexuals coming out of the closet. Within these varying time periods, LaChuisa introduces a variety of musical styles that somehow manage to tie the stories together, making them more colorful and exciting. Now in a rare revival at Chromolume Theatre,Hello Againis receiving a fine production with even direction by Richard Van Slyke and a fantastic cast of 10 actors.

BWW Interview: Patrick Page Discusses Rajiv Joseph's World Premiere ARCHDUKE at the TaperBWW Interview: Patrick Page Discusses Rajiv Joseph's World Premiere ARCHDUKE at the Taper
May 8, 2017

Actor PATRICK PAGE has been dazzling Broadway and regional theatre audiences for many years playing the original roles in The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Spider Man, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame among many others. He has had an extensive career playing Shakespeare. Now at the Mark Taper Forum, he is about to open in a new play entitled ARCHDUKE about the events leading up to WWI. In our talk he shares his feelings about the play and proclaims his favorite role to date.

BWW Interview: Davis Gaines Reveres MAN OF LA MANCHABWW Interview: Davis Gaines Reveres MAN OF LA MANCHA
May 1, 2017

Actor/singer Davis Gaines is perhaps the most revered singing star on Los Angeles stages. He is the longest running Phantom in Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Phantom of the Opera and is about to return to Man of La Mancha. The new production from McCoy/Rigby plays the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge Friday, May 5, Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7 and then moves to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in early June. In our chat Gaines discusses musical theatre and his favorite roles from Broadway to LA.

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



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