Don Grigware

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 seventh 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 just published, also on amazon.com. Both the story and plays are available on kindle as well as in paperback.
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BWW News: New HIPSTER MUSICAL to Hit RockwellBWW News: New HIPSTER MUSICAL to Hit Rockwell
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Ashley Argota, whose credits includeThe Fosters; True Jackson, VP;Lab RatsandMichael Viruet(pictured) , boastingPitch PerfectandHunkappella, are set to star in a hyper-styled new musical entitledHipster Sweatshop. Argota and Viruet play love interests from opposite sides of the track in this musical set in downtown LA's hottest jewelry boutique. Viruet, who plays the sexy delivery guy Jesus for whom Argota's Siri falls hard, says thatHipster Sweatshopis "a fun concept with some great characters. Its duets will blow your socks off!"
BWW Review: Stellar AGNES OF GOD at Coyote StageWorksBWW Review: Stellar AGNES OF GOD at Coyote StageWorks
May 3, 2016

Playwright John Pielmeier'sAgnes of God, written in 1982, was based upon a real life police case of a novice nun in Boston, accused of murdering her baby. Coyote StageWorks just closed a stellar 10 performance only run of the play at the Annenberg Theatre in Palm Springs. Under the direction of veteran actor/director Don Amendolia,Agnes of Godproved itself as topical today as it did in the 80s, and Broadway is ripe for a revival.
BWW Review: Splashy West Coast Premiere of THE BOY FROM OZBWW Review: Splashy West Coast Premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ
May 3, 2016

Once in a great while an extraordinary performer comes along, one that not only moves us, but also affects meteoric changes within our culture. Peter Allen, born Peter Woolnough in 1944 in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia and who died young in 1992, was one such mega-talented singer/dancer/musical composer, who appealed to a wide audience.Not at first, mind you; it took a few years in the 60s for him to realize his bisexuality and to understand who he was.
BWW Review: Pink Lady Brings MAGICAL MUSICAL MATINEES to the WhitefireBWW Review: Pink Lady Brings MAGICAL MUSICAL MATINEES to the Whitefire
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On Thursday April 21,Prime Time Playerspresented their second of threeMagical Musical Matineesat the Whitefire Theatre. It was a delightful show full of talented people 60 years young or older. There was dancing, singing and comedy all wrapped up with a pink bow in the name ofJackie Goldberg, the Pink Lady. Goldberg stands for Senior Star Power 'Get Up, Get Out and Get a Life!' The talent in this show are prime examples of people who are still vital and full of performing glee.
BWW Review: It's Thanksgiving in April at Group rep in NoHoBWW Review: It's Thanksgiving in April at Group rep in NoHo
April 29, 2016

Playwright Phil Olson, who is best known for his outrageousDon't Hug Memusical comedies, is taking a look at a typical American family on Thanksgiving Day inA Nice Family Gathering, currently onstage in the black box theatre of Group rep in Noho through May 29.
BWW Review: Rarely Revived It's a Bird...It's a Plane...IT'S SUPERMAN THE MUSICALBWW Review: Rarely Revived It's a Bird...It's a Plane...IT'S SUPERMAN THE MUSICAL
April 25, 2016

Wham! Pow! Boom! Up and away, it's Superman! Growing up in the 50s I couldn't wait for the next weekly adventure-filled installment of Supie and Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White and the Daily Planet on the small television screen. It was thrilling to see a man go into a telephone booth and change from street clothes into tights - even if they were baggy - andfly off- imagine! - to save the world from crime and destruction. It didn't matter that it was pure fantasy and that he he was only a comic book hero. Superman brought lots of excitement into our young lives. In 1966, the same musical composers who wrote the successful Broadway hitBye Bye Birdie, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, pennedIt's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman! The New Musical Comedyand in spite of the great reviews, it did not catch on with the public, so quickly fizzled. Now 50 years later, what a camp to look back and laugh at all the silliness and innocence of that era, for the Superman musical is loaded with clumsy, goofy, campy laughs. Now onstage in a rare revival...It's Supermanreceives a terrifically entertaining production at the Grove Theatre in Upland.
BWW Review: Crown City Theatre Revives THE FANTASTICKSBWW Review: Crown City Theatre Revives THE FANTASTICKS
April 25, 2016

The longest running musical in the worldThe Fantasticksis always at its best when produced and performed with simplicity. When I first saw it in New York in the 60s, it was performed in a cabaret space against a brick wall, with the suspension of a paper moon above. You can't get much simpler than that.In their revival Crown City Theatre keep it simple with minimal blocking from director Lisaun Whittingham and boasting a fine cast...
BWW Review: Unusually Bold and Engrossing FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS by Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright at the TaperBWW Review: Unusually Bold and Engrossing FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS by Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright at the Taper
April 25, 2016

Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks has the uncanny ability to get under your skin and really make you feel the turmoil and misery of the black soul. In her latest play, now onstage at the Mark Taper Forum through May 15 entitledFather Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3), Parks takes the audience back to 1862 and the slave involvement in the Civil War starting with the anticipation and fear of going off to war, then witnessing the horrors of the actual war itself, and the aftermath for returning soldiers and their families. Under the sturdy hand of director Jo Bonney, the cast is amazing... and the play is mostly fascinating to watch, mainly because Parks' style does not repeat itself from part to part.
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April 22, 2016

Local Playwright Willard Manus' Joe & Marilyn: A Love Story, a new play about the troubled relationship between baseball great Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, debuts this Saturday, April 23rd at 8:00 pm, runs April 23 - May 22, produced by John Lant and Anne Mesa, directed by T.J. Castronovo and starring Rico Simonini and Emily Alicia Low, produced by Write Act Rep@TheBrickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood. The play was developed at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit (West Coast), where Manus and Castronovo are fellow-members. He shared with us a bit about the play and quite a bit about his life.
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April 20, 2016

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at the Ahmanson Theatre. He chats with us about the challenges of playing the role and other theatrical interests. What is the biggest challenge in playing Monty 8 times a week? Staying hydrated! I have to make sure I drink enough water during the day. I hardly have a chance to drink any water during the course of the show, because I am onstage 99% of the time!
BWW Review: Those Fetching KINKY BOOTS Return to the Pantages for Two WeeksBWW Review: Those Fetching KINKY BOOTS Return to the Pantages for Two Weeks
April 14, 2016

Following in the footsteps ofLa Cage Aux Folles, Billy ElliottandPriscilla Queen of the Desert, all foreign films turned into Broadway musicals,Kinky Boots, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, brings its spirited message of 'Just Be Who You Wanna Be' in a return to the Pantages for two weeks through April 24. Replete with splashy direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a splendid cast, it's top.of.the.line entertainment fare.
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April 14, 2016

On Tuesday April 12 I eagerly returned to Rockwell Table and Stage for the third time to seeAn Evening of Classic Broadway.The show comes to Rockwell for one evening every couple of months. Why do I keep coming back? Produced by Dianne Fraser and musically directed by extraordinarily talented Brad Ellis ... and with a bevy of great singers on board, it's guaranteed fun, extra high on entertainment, and it incorporates Broadway standards both classic and contemporary. If that isn't enough, the structure is laid back and spontaneous, allowing one to sit back, relax and just savor the sounds.
BWW Review: Jubilant SISTER ACT Will Raise You Up at MTWBWW Review: Jubilant SISTER ACT Will Raise You Up at MTW
April 11, 2016

Sister Actthe Musicalstarted out in 2006 at the Pasadena Playhouse, premiered in London's West End in 2009 and then underwent serious revisions before coming to Broadway in 2011. I remember liking the first mounting in 2006 with many reservations. Since I loved the 1992 film so much, I didn't feel that the stage version was particularlyfaithful...no pun intended. Well, with all the 2011 changes, MTW's revival of the Broadway version is tops, a joyful, tuneful, splashy romp that never lets down, with a tremendous cast, stellar direction from Michael Matthews and soulful choreography from Daniel Smith. Douglas Carter Beane, who penned the screenplayTo Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmarand the Tony nominated playThe Little Dog Laughed, added new book material for the national tour, included here, and this contributes substantially to molding a sleek and unforgettable show.
BWW Review: WILHOITE'S LIVING ROOMBWW Review: WILHOITE'S LIVING ROOM
April 6, 2016

About eight months ago, actress/singerKathleen Wilhoitebegan performing the first Monday of every monthat the E-Spot Lounge, formerly Upstairs at Vitello's, with a show entitledWilhoite's Living Room.It is described as an evening of music, poetry reading, guest stars and comedy. I was curious. I had long been a fan of Wilhoite from her TV appearances onERand in several MOWs. She is a helluva character actress, edgy, quirky and always an engaging standout. When you see her onscreen, regardless of the size of the role, you remember her long afterwards. What I did not realize was that she is also a fine musician... until I googled and read about her background growing up in Santa Barbara and singing in choirs. She eventually produced two CDs and several of her original songs have been recorded for movie soundtracks. So, exceedingly interested in hearing her, I decided to check outWilhoite's Living RoomonMonday, April 4 at 7: 30 pm. What a fun and exciting surprise was in store!
BWW Review: A Deluge of RAIN Pours Into the Old GlobeBWW Review: A Deluge of RAIN Pours Into the Old Globe
April 4, 2016

You cannot beat the Old Globe Theatre for its audacity in mounting the challenging musicalRain, based on a short story by W. Somerset Maugham.Rainwas made into three separate films, a silent in 1928 starring Gloria Swanson, and then in 1932 starring Joan Crawford as Miss Sadie Thompson, and finally in 1953 Rita Hayworth assumed the role of the prostitute stranded on the South Pacific Island of Pago, Pago in 1924. This much anticipated musical version with book by Sybille Pearson and music by Michael John LaChiusa is the second timeRainhas been performed onstage, the first being a play in 1922. For the entire cast and creative team in San Diego this enterprise has been enormous. It is truly an outstanding ensemble headed by Eden Espinosa as Sadie, and the set designed by Mark Wendland is by itself worth the price of admission.
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Irish actress Lisa Dwan, the premier interpreter of Samuel Beckett, is about to step down from the position this spring, but before she does, she will make an appearance with the Beckett Trilogy at the The Broad Stage in Santa Monica in April. Why is this the first time that all 3 plays have been performed together? Well I guess one reason is that Not Iis rarely performed andFootfallshas never been performed by one actress playing both roles of Mother (off stage) and May (on stage), and to my knowledge no other actress has tried to perform all three roles in one evening. Up until I tried it, I didn't even think it was possible.
BWW Review: BABY OH BABY Premieres at the WhitefireBWW Review: BABY OH BABY Premieres at the Whitefire
March 28, 2016

Playwrights Phil Scarpaci and T.L. Shannon are from opposite sides of the pond. Scarpaci is American and Shannon, British. When they wroteBaby Oh Baby, they decided to leave the setting England, as the British are expert farceurs and know a thing or two about delivering comedy. Surprisingly, the play projects a very contemporary perspective on artificial insemination...and becomes quite serious midway through its 80 minute playing time. Not to say that a serious topic cannot be funny. Of course, we must laugh at everything, but sometimes the topic deserves a bit more exploration at the core, and frivolity is not always the best way to handle it. Now onstage on Saturdays only, at 8 pm through June 4,Baby Oh Babyhas a terrific cast who make the material rise off the printed page with a nice entertainment high.
BWW Review: Brilliant GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Rocks AhmansonBWW Review: Brilliant GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Rocks Ahmanson
March 28, 2016

Winner of 4 Tony Awards in 2014,A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murderis a devilishly clever musical sendup of the British aristocracy circa 1909. Production-wise it's a class act all the way, and for its adult audiences, it's a delicious odyssey of. nonstop laughter. Now at the Ahmanson through May 1, the infectiously broad satirewill have you on the edge of your seat throughout its two and a half hours. Skillfully executed by director Darko Tresnjak and his awe-inspiring cast, it's a surefireknock 'em deadhit.
BWW Review: Alexis Gershwin Keeps Gershwin Music Alive in GERSHWIN SINGS GERSHWINBWW Review: Alexis Gershwin Keeps Gershwin Music Alive in GERSHWIN SINGS GERSHWIN
March 24, 2016

On Tuesday, March 22 Alexis Gershwin brought her cabaret show to the Catalina Jazz Club for one night only to a sold out audience. The show entitledGershwin Sings Gershwinwas a delightful evening of many of the priceless standards that made George and Ira Gershwin two of the best composers of all time. Alexis is the niece of the brothers, so, as a member of the family, she knows a thing or two about their music and how to sing it. Petite and gracious,Alexis Gershwincaptivates with her charm and wonderful phrasing. She really calls attention to the lyrics and makes you understand the meaning ofa Gershwin tune. For a female singer past middle age, it is not always easy to hit the high notes with alacrity; we accept that and look for other attributes that make the performance worthy of attention. In Alexis' case, it's her delivery that consists of full, almost sensual whispers that are simultaneously attractive and effective in pulling you into the songs. When she sings 'I've Got aCrushon You' almost every male member of the audience can feel her seduction or in 'A Foggy Day (in London town)' her expressive intonations truly set the ambiance and mood for the piece
BWW Review: Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA West Coast Premieres at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Review: Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA West Coast Premieres at Pasadena Playhouse
March 22, 2016

Harvey Fierstein'sCasa Valentinawon a deserved four Tony nominations in 2014 when it played on Broadway. This is a fine example of an unusual play, one of surprising depth, that goes out of its way to hit a nerve or two. Although comical,Casa Valentinais a drama at the core, with some shades of kitchen-sink reality. Currently onstage at the Pasadena Playhouse, Fierstein's latest opus takes a long look at yet another minority with fortitude and alacrity. Directed with finesse by David Lee, the cast is nothing short of luminous. Casa Valentinais set in a hotel in the Catskills, circa 1962, where asorority clubof straight men, who dress


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