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 going into 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.
Subscribe to Alerts on This Author
MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Interview: CEO Griff O'Neil Discusses WCOPA Championships Set to Open in LONG BEACH JULY 8BWW Interview: WCOPA Championships Set to Open in Long Beach July 8
Posted: Jul. 1, 2016


BWW Review: Buckley and York Bring an Emotionally Engaging West Coast premiere GREY GARDENS to the AhmansonBWW Review: Emotionally Engaging West Coast Premiere GREY GARDENS
Posted: Jul. 14, 2016


BWW Review: Starkly Dark and Raw Revival of CABARET Returns Decadently to the PantagesBWW Review: Dark and Decadent CABARET Makes Waves
Posted: Jul. 21, 2016


BWW Review: OYE MI CANTO a Thrilling Show for GMCLABWW Review: OYE MI CANTO Blows the Roof Off the Alex
Posted: Jun. 29, 2016


BWW Review: Smoothly Revised RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Returns to LA at Kirk Douglas TheatreBWW Review: RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Returns
Posted: Jul. 18, 2016


BWW Review: MTW Delivers Great Big Stuff with DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELSBWW Review: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Offers Great Big Stuff
Posted: Jul. 12, 2016


BWW Interview: Actor RANDY HARRISON Discusses CABARET and His Role of EMCEEBWW Interview: Actor RANDY HARRISON Talks About CABARET
Posted: Jul. 22, 2016


LAST 365 DAYS

DON GRIGWARE Picks The BEST PRODUCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES in LOS ANGELES THEATRE for 2015BWW Review: The BEST of LA THEATRE for 2015
Posted: Dec. 28, 2015


BWW Interview: CEO Griff O'Neil Discusses WCOPA Championships Set to Open in LONG BEACH JULY 8BWW Interview: WCOPA Championships Set to Open in Long Beach July 8
Posted: Jul. 1, 2016


BWW Interview: Dancer JEANNINE JACKSON Talks About Thrilling Dance Show on June 25BWW Interview: Dancer JEANNINE JACKSON Talks About Thrilling Dance Show
Posted: Jun. 20, 2016


BWW Review: National Tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Bows Gracefully at the AhmansonBWW Review: Glorious BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Posted: Dec. 14, 2015


BWW Interview: TV Personality MARIO LOPEZ Returns to Zach and A CHORUS LINE This Weekend at the Hollywood BowlBWW Interview: TV Personality MARIO LOPEZ Returns to Zach and A CHORUS LINE This Weekend at the Hollywood Bowl
July 26, 2016

Well-known TV personality and show host Mario Lopez returns to the stage as Zach in A Chorus Lineat the Hollywood Bowl at the end of this week. In our chat he talks about doing the role on Broadway in 2008...and the challenges of performing onstage.
BWW Review: Cabaret Artist JEANNE PAGE Heats Up the FederalBWW Review: Cabaret Artist JEANNE PAGE Heats Up the Federal
July 26, 2016

One thing you may be sure of in attending aJeannePageconcert: you will have a good time. The lady is a dynamic singer, giving it everything she's got and really enjoys doing it. She has such fun
BWW Review: NINE WINNING ONE-ACTS Play at Group repBWW Review: NINE WINNING ONE-ACTS Play at Group rep
July 26, 2016

Evenings of short one-acts are the rage at Equity-waiver theatres! In the black box theatre upstairs at Group rep you you are invited to come seeNine Winning One-Acts, plays that stretch a mere ten-fifteen minutes in length. The mini plays were chosen from over 160 entries from across the United States and written by various unknown playwrights. The evening is divided into two acts with five plays comprising Act One and four in Act Two. There is no single theme running through them, so if I had to describe the conflicts ...why ... life, death, dating, marriage, love, gay relationships, infidelity, euthanasia...and even cat abuse, though mild, thrown into the fray. The evening is Group rep's way of utilizing more company actors and directors, many of whom work less on the theatre mainstage, and for the most part, it's pleasantly stimulating and entertaining fare.
BWW Interview: Actor RANDY HARRISON Discusses CABARET and His Role of EMCEEBWW Interview: Actor RANDY HARRISON Discusses CABARET and His Role of EMCEE
July 22, 2016

Actor Randy Harrison is touring with Cabaret as the Emcee and will be at the Pantages performing the show July 19 - August 7. In our chat he discusses the role and what Cabaret means to him. Describe the experience of playing the emcee in Cabaret. What makes this role such a coveted one?
BWW Review: Starkly Dark and Raw Revival of CABARET Returns Decadently to the PantagesBWW Review: Starkly Dark and Raw Revival of CABARET Returns Decadently to the Pantages
July 21, 2016

Perhaps Kander and Ebb's best musical, apart fromChicago,Cabarethas it all: a fine book, deliciously diverse characters, dynamite music and a subtext that will not quit. The subtext being: either compromise or get out if you value your life, the latter, to be sure, the wiser. This is Berlin, circa 1929/30, before Hitler, just as Nazi pressure hits the fan. Now a national tour based on Roundabout Theatre's 2013 revival docks at the Pantages for a mere 3 weeks with a glorious cast headed by Randy Harrison in a big, broad and devilishly fun performance as the Emcee.
BWW Review: Smoothly Revised RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Returns to LA at Kirk Douglas TheatreBWW Review: Smoothly Revised RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Returns to LA at Kirk Douglas Theatre
July 18, 2016

The name of the game in show biz is never to settle for greatness, but rather to go that extra mile and make it better. Such is the case withRecorded in Hollywood. In its transferal from a smaller Hollywood space to the Kirk Douglas Theatre,the show provides abook by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Dolphin that opens up even more than before to tell the true story of record producer John Dolphin. The story takes place from 1948 to 1958 in South Central, Los Angeles, when blacks were arrested for the slightest infractions of the law. Since I did not see the initial production, I am basing my opinions on this newer version. It is slick, a very slick show with a dynamic, triple threat ensemble headed by Stu James, directed superbly by Denise Dowse and choreographed to the max by Cassie Crump. The bad feature is that it only runs through August 7.
BWW Review: Cabrillo's Enchanting LITTLE MERMAID Goes Swimmingly Under the SeaBWW Review: Cabrillo's Enchanting LITTLE MERMAID Goes Swimmingly Under the Sea
July 18, 2016

Watching Cabrillo Music Theatre's The Little Mermaid on the Fred Kavli stage is an enjoyable treat, almost like viewing the Disney film ... it's so alive and scintillating. All the color and splendor of the ocean is onstage, and that has a lot to say about this production's creative team. All the technical aspects of the show are working smoothly, in sync. Cabrillo may be assuredly proud of their production. The sad thing is it only plays a week more, until Sunday July 24.
BWW Review: Buckley and York Bring an Emotionally Engaging West Coast premiere GREY GARDENS to the AhmansonBWW Review: Buckley and York Bring an Emotionally Engaging West Coast premiere GREY GARDENS to the Ahmanson
July 14, 2016

True-to-life eccentrics tend to make the most riveting dramatic/comedic characters. In 1975 Albert and David Maysles produced an award-winning documentary calledGrey Gardensabout Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Edie), aunt and cousin respectively of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The film was eventually rated among the top 10 greatest documentaries of all time, and provided the basis for a the musical of the same name, produced off and on Broadway in 2006. The musical, with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie, shows the socialite family in its heyday in East Hampton, New York in Act One. Act Two is their demise into total poverty. The estate inhabited by the reclusive mother and daughter combo was condemned by the board of health, and the two women gained notoriety for their delusional, certifiable behavior. Now at the Ahmanson through August 14,Grey Gardensexplores the fiercely fiery relationship between the two Edies, offering Betty Buckley (older Big Edie) and Rachel York (younger Big Edie/Little Edie) their most cherished roles to date.
BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Reunite Triumphantly to Celebrate 35th Anniversary of the Broadway ShowBWW Review: DREAMGIRLS Reunite Triumphantly to Celebrate 35th Anniversary of the Broadway Show
July 12, 2016

Not in the least hard to fathom that theDreamgirls' 35th anniversary concertpresented under the auspices ofChris Isaacson Presents Broadway Under the Starswas a sellout. WithSheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Hollidayall headlining, who would not want to be there to marvel at the ageless talent of these amazing Broadway superstars? Directed by Iona Morris, choreographed by Lee Martino and musically directed by Kenneth Crouch, the evening also featured a bevy of other singing and dancing talents such as Frenchie Davis, Matt Zarley and a special fun appearance by Mary Wilson.
BWW Review: MTW Delivers Great Big Stuff with DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELSBWW Review: MTW Delivers Great Big Stuff with DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
July 12, 2016

Based on a1980s film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin,Dirty Rotten Scoundrelsis terribly silly and much of the dialogue & lyrics imbued with an overabundance of sexual innuendos, but that's AOK, as this is not Stephen Sondheim, but a jazzy, feel good, laugh out loud type of show. As many times as I've seen it, I always fall directly into the trap...like most audience I'm hooked, especially if the two male leads are properly cast. In this new production at MTW, Davis Gaines plays Lawrence Jamison, the king of cons, and could not be more perfect. At his side is Benjamin Schrader as Freddy Benson, the rubber-faced comedic schmuck who pleads with Jamison to take him on and teach him the ropes, the tricks of the trade. These two head up a glorious cast under the uber skilled direction'choreography of Billy Sprague Jr., and what results is a triumphant hit for MTW... through July 24 only.
BWW Review: Sierra Madre Has a Summer Hit with SPELLING BEEBWW Review: Sierra Madre Has a Summer Hit with SPELLING BEE
July 11, 2016

Talk about quirkiness and how it makes a musical rock!The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beeis terribly funny in a smart, slick, offbeat manner with prize worthy characterizations of lively eclectic people.It may be a tad long like the actual spelling out of words (that are not to be believed!)yet the exaggeration and contestants' varied reactions give rise to some great comic moments...and I love the audience involvement! Some of the contestants are picked from the audience and their ad-libs lend one.of.a.kind hilarity. The unpredictability in denouement is another big plus in the overall enjoyment of the show. It's like a real contest. Who will win is anybody's guess!
BWW Interview: CEO Griff O'Neil Discusses WCOPA Championships Set to Open in LONG BEACH JULY 8BWW Interview: CEO Griff O'Neil Discusses WCOPA Championships Set to Open in LONG BEACH JULY 8
July 1, 2016

Singers, dancers, actors, models and instrumentalists will compete at the 20thAnnualWorld Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA)July 8 - 17, 2016 in Long Beach, California. This international meet is often cited as the official 'Talent Olympics' forperformers and is the only event of its kind!
BWW Review: OYE MI CANTO a Thrilling Show for GMCLABWW Review: OYE MI CANTO a Thrilling Show for GMCLA
June 29, 2016

GMCLA never disappoints. Their summer concertOye Mi Canto, which took place at the Alex Theatre Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 featured the small Gay Men's Chorus of CubaMano a Manowhose singing skill and artistry blew the roof off the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Combined with GMCLA, the Latin sounds were rhythmic to the point of heart-pounding and oh so moving in every way. This is the first time the five men chorus have performed outside of Cuba on tour, and their very presence with GMCLA shows the mission of Gay Men's Choruses everywhere to come together in unity to champion the causes of gay men worldwide, especially in light of the horrific Orlando, Florida massacre two weeks ago. It's hard to beat Latino rhythms. They pull you in and make you move and groove to the
BWW Interview: Creative Team of RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Talk New Changes at the Kirk DouglasBWW Interview: Creative Team of RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD Talk New Changes at the Kirk Douglas
June 29, 2016

We sat down with Jamelle Dolphin and Lou Spisto, producers of the returning RECORDED IN HOLLYWOOD as they prepare for the upcoming run at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City. Both men talk about going deeper into John Dolphin's character and adding new material to create the perfect show, which begins previews July 8.
BWW Review: Tony Winning Musical BEAUTIFUL Captivates at PantagesBWW Review: Tony Winning Musical BEAUTIFUL Captivates at Pantages
June 27, 2016

In the opening scene of the jukebox musicalBeautiful, Carole King (Abby Mueller) is seated at the piano in concert at Carnegie Hall and is describing to the audience how life takes a turn and what results is unexpected...andbeautiful.In this Tony-winning showBeautiful: The Carole King Musical, we are taken through the musical history of the 60s when Carole King published music with her then husband Gerry Goffin (Liam Tobin). We see the Shirelles, the Drifters, the Righteous Brothers, for whom King and Goffin wrote tremendous hits like 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow', 'The Locomotion' and 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling'. We also see the harsh personal life that King suffered due to Goffin's drinking, infidelity and mental illness. Life was successful yet painful and eventually the pair parted, with the Brooklyn-born King going on to establish herself in LA in a whole new light with 'It's Too Late', 'You've Got a Friend', 'So Far Away' as well as 'Beautiful'. Now onstage at the PantagesBeautifulis bound to please every fan of the 60s era of rock 'n roll music and bring an uplifting spark of encouragement to live out your dream.
BWW Review: Riveting DISGRACED at Mark Taper ForumBWW Review: Riveting DISGRACED at Mark Taper Forum
June 21, 2016

Playwright Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer-Prize winningDisgracedis at the core a portrait of an American born Muslim Amir Kapoor (Hari Dhillon) and a treatise on Islamophobia, but it is first and foremost an entertainment, and as such, its big ideas take less priority. In structure and excitement somewhat like Donald Margulies'Dinner with Friendsand Yasmina Reza'sGod of Carnage, the play is humorous on the surface, but underneath... like a time-bomb set to explode. It consistently builds and builds to an unexpected climax. Now onstage at the Mark Taper Forum through July 17,Disgracedis a real audience-grabber with a dynamite cast under the superb direction of Kimberly Senior.
BWW Review: Impro's TENNESSEE WILLIAMS UNSCRIPTED Scores at the FalconBWW Review: Impro's TENNESSEE WILLIAMS UNSCRIPTED Scores at the Falcon
June 21, 2016

If you have never seen a production of the Impro Theatre Company, be aware that the play you see is one-time only. With the suggestion from an audience member at the top of the name of an heirloom, the actors take it, title the play, and then create the characters and the play totally from scratch. Everything that happens is spontaneous and will never be repeated in another performance. It makes me question what the job of the director, in this case member Brian Lohmann, actually is?
BWW Interview: Dancer JEANNINE JACKSON Talks About Thrilling Dance Show on June 25BWW Interview: Dancer JEANNINE JACKSON Talks About Thrilling Dance Show on June 25
June 20, 2016

Dancer Jeannine Jackson is performing with Gloria Angeles and four other ladies in The Marge Patka Summer Spectacular 2016 on Saturday June 25 at 2 pm at Reseda High School. In our chat, she talks about the show, her past career achievements, her plans for the future and her overall joy of being in show business.
BWW Interview: Playwright GUS KRIEGER to Open ARMADILLO NECKTIE at Group repBWW Interview: Playwright GUS KRIEGER to Open ARMADILLO NECKTIE at Group rep
June 18, 2016

Gus Krieger is a Los Angeles based writer-director-producer of stage and screen. As writer-producer: "The Killing Room" (2009). Writer-director: "Ol' Stan Levid" (2007), "The Binding" (2016). Producer: "Would You Rather" (2012), "Fender Bender" (2016). As playwright: Deity Clutch (2011), Sherlock Through The Looking-Glass (2013), and Breaking Bard (2015), which took home the Spirit of the Fringe Award for Best Writing, out of 200+ shows. Written by Steve Peterson
BWW Interview: Dancers, Listen Up! GLORIA ANGELES Talks New Dance Spectacular Show, June 25BWW Interview: Dancers, Listen Up! GLORIA ANGELES Talks New Dance Spectacular Show, June 25
June 13, 2016

Gloria Angeles became a Zumba instructor for LA Fitness approximately two and a half years ago. Through the years she has also been involved in salsa dancing and competitions. ' I had been taking tap at the Marge Patka dance studio and performed in many of her shows and had wanted to be involved in more than just tap numbers. I got my opportunity in the summer show The Marge Patka Summer Spectacular 2015.'


...
1



BROADWAYWORLD TV

Save $$$ on Tickets to: