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: I AM ME BECAUSE OF THREE at Sterling's Upstairs At The FederalBWW Review: RENEE MARINO Is I AM ME BECAUSE OF THREE
Posted: Nov. 8, 2016


BWW Review: MAGGIE RANDOLPH Makes LA Cabaret Debut with HOME AGAINBWW Review: MAGGIE RANDOLPH Makes LA Cabaret Debut with HOME AGAIN
Posted: Nov. 22, 2016


BWW Review: Conundrum Theatre Inaugurates with FUNNY GIRLBWW Review: Conundrum Does FUNNY GIRL
Posted: Oct. 31, 2016


BWW Review: Sierra Madre Revives Their Successful A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMASBWW Review: A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS
Posted: Nov. 21, 2016


BWW Interview: Group Rep's Doug EngallaBWW Interview: Group Rep's Doug Engalla
Posted: Nov. 15, 2016


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Posted: Dec. 28, 2015


BWW Review: Musical HUNCHBACK On Top of the World at La MiradaBWW Review: HUNCHBACK On Top of the World at La Mirada
Posted: Sep. 19, 2016


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BWW Review: JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Rocks Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal for the Eighth Consecutive Sellout EngagementBWW Review: JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Rocks Sterling's
Posted: Dec. 31, 2015


BWW Review: National Tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY Bows Gracefully at the AhmansonBWW Review: Glorious BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
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BWW Review: BWW Award Winner Emrhys Cooper First Western Actor to Star in Buhtanese Film KUSHUTHARABWW Review: BWW Award Winner Emrhys Cooper First Western Actor to Star in Buhtanese Film KUSHUTHARA
December 6, 2016

Karma Deki's Bhutanese filmKushuthara Pattern of Lovehas won tremendous praise throughout Asia and is currently preparing its American release. Ithas done very well on the international film festival circuit picking up many awards.The filmis stunning on many levels. First, it is a fascinating romance that develops between an American journalist/ photographer Charlie (Emrhys Cooper) and native weaver Chokimo (Kezang Wangmo). Set in the village of Kurtoe-Menjey in the Kingdom of Bhutan, the plot has Chokimo already in love with villager Bumpala. When Charlie and Chokimo meet for the first time, they experience a kind of deja vu. Their attraction goes very, very deep. It is an example of what the natives believe to be Karmic reincarnation. Charlie and Chokimo were somehow connected in many past lives.

BWW Review: Singer Dennis McNeil Performs a Mellow CHRISTMAS CABARET in Hermosa BeachBWW Review: Singer Dennis McNeil Performs a Mellow CHRISTMAS CABARET in Hermosa Beach
December 6, 2016

On Sunday December 4 Irish tenorDennis McNeilpresentedThe Christmas Showat The Lounge of The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach to an enthusiastic sellout crowd. This marked his 44th appearance in this venue, so he must be doing something right. He has a multitude of fans who keep coming back five or six times a year. A former opera singer, McNeil has sung for Presidents and in concert venues, including stadiums, around the world. He can adapt himself to any venue, and of course, in a room of this size that accommodates 100, he gets the chance to be up close, warm and personal and like most Irishmen, tell stories, some funny and a few... deliciously off-color. Throughout the 90-minute set,McNeil held his audience spellbound with his magnificent vocal range, a slew of Christmas songs - both pop and religious - and candid observations about the commercialism of Christmas. He was accompanied by skilled musical director Ed Martel, with whom he has had a long and fruitful association.

BWW Review: One More Week To See THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE: REVISITEDBWW Review: One More Week To See THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE: REVISITED
December 5, 2016

One thing is perfectly clear. Jane Wagner's perspective of the 80s, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe is a brilliant piece of writing. When Lily Tomlin performed it in the 80s (the film version was released in 1991) as a one-woman play, portraying all twelve characters, the charm of the play was watching Tomlin's ingenious skill. She flawlessly slipped in and out of all the characters, female and male, without changing makeup, hair or clothes. It was a phenomenal performance. Now thirty years later, Wagner and Tomlin have adapted the work for a cast of 12 actors under the direction of Ken Sawyer, which opened in October and has been extended until December 11 only at the LGBT Center on the Ed Gould Plaza at McCadden Place, Hollywood.

BWW Interview: IMPRO's Producing Artistic Director DAN O'CONNOR Talks Holiday ExtravaganzaBWW Interview: IMPRO's Producing Artistic Director DAN O'CONNOR Talks Holiday Extravaganza
December 2, 2016

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica presents the World Premiere of Impro Theatre's 1966 Holiday Variety Extravaganza, from LA's Impro Theatre, the creators and performers of the wildly popular Jane Austen UnScripted. Impro Theatre's 1966 Holiday Variety Extravaganza is created especially for The Broad Stage. Over their history, the company has produced a bevy of mainstage shows including: Shakespeare UnScripted, Film Noir UnScripted, Twilight Zone UnScripted, Sondheim UnScripted, Dickens UnScripted, The Western UnScripted, Tennessee Williams UnScripted, Chekhov UnScripted, along with Fairytales UnScripted and Jane Austen UnScripted, which both previously ran at The Broad Stage. This new production marks the group's 10th anniversary.

BWW Review: Stunning WHITE CHRISTMAS Returns to the Pantages for One Week OnlyBWW Review: Stunning WHITE CHRISTMAS Returns to the Pantages for One Week Only
November 30, 2016

White Christmas, always a treat on film (1954), creates a unique and refreshing glow on stage. The original Broadway and touring productions - the first national tour played the Pantages in 2005 - were gloriously directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Randy Skinner, who turned the second act opener 'I Love a Piano' into one of the most inventive and lively tap sequences ever. Now in a short tourand directedandchoreographed by Skinner,White Christmas The Musicalfinally returns to the Pantages but only for a week, through December 4. This is a sparkling production with terrifically paced staging and superior choreography by Skinner and a sturdy acting ensemble which includes the presence of the delightfully funny Lorna Luft as Martha Watson. Yes, it's a frothy concoction and weak on plot, but so heartwarming and... with the spectacular Irving Berlin tunes, who cares? Run to get tickets while they are available!

BWW Interview: Broadway Actor/Singer CHEYENNE JACKSON Talks GMCLA Holiday ShowBWW Interview: Broadway Actor/Singer CHEYENNE JACKSON Talks GMCLA Holiday Show
November 28, 2016

Actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson first appeared on Broadway with Sutton Foster in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Needless to say, he caused a sensation and has since made the TV screen sizzle with his appearances in Glee and American Horror Story. He will be making a concert appearance on December 15 and 17/18 in four Holiday shows with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. (GMCLA) Jackson spoke briefly with me about this concert and comments on various points of his illustrious career thus far. As far as his personal life goes, Jackson is openly gay, married to Jason Landau, and they just became the parents of two children.

BWW Film Review: Former BWW Award Winner Emryhs Cooper Is Featured in Indie TILL WE MEET AGAINBWW Film Review: Former BWW Award Winner Emryhs Cooper Is Featured in Indie TILL WE MEET AGAIN
November 28, 2016

Till We Meet Again, an independent film from 2015, written by its star Johan 'John' Matton and directed by Bank Tangjaitrong, has been playing film festivals and picking up awards as Best Film. As I read the description, I thought, 'Oh no, not another film about young lovers with relationship difficulties! After five years of living together, this couple have reached the point where they must explore options. They need to find themselves.' This type of story has been done to death, so what makes this film so special?

BWW Interview: Veteran Actress MORGAN FAIRCHILD Continues to Cast a Spell in A CINDERELLA CHRISTMASBWW Interview: Veteran Actress MORGAN FAIRCHILD Continues to Cast a Spell in A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS
November 28, 2016

Film and TV actress Morgan Fairchild needs no introduction. She has been working for the past 40+ years, always recognizable as the glamorous blonde vixen from such series as Flamingo Road, Paper Dolls and Falcon Crest, as well as the soap Search For Tomorrow. Now about ready to start rehearsals for the Lythgoe Family's Christmas Panto, called A Cinderella Christmas at the Pasadena Playhouse, bowing December 8, Fairchild took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about the role she is playing and her career. Has she been happy or does she long to change her sexy image?

BWW Review: Fun and Games at URINETOWN THE MUSICALBWW Review: Fun and Games at URINETOWN THE MUSICAL
November 28, 2016

Coeurage Theatre Company are known around town as the rebels, the 'pay what you want' company. Their motto? 'Nobody should have to pay high prices to see good theatre'. Nice reminder in these depression era times where our government is wracked by the entree of a despicably inept political leader and the majority of our middle-class struggle to make ends meet. The locale of this satirical musical comedyUrinetown, which had its Broadway run in 2001 with 10 Tony nominations, is a typical small city in a futuristic time where a drought has caused a water shortage and its citizens no longer have private amenities. They must urinate in public places and pay a fee to do so. The greedy Urine Good Company controls the enterprise, and if people pee in the bushes, they are arrested and thrown into Urinetown. Now in a striking production by the Coeurage Theatre Company at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, the rarely revivedUrinetownstrikes s chord in our troubled times, as audiences laugh away problems that, when it comes right down to it, may not be that unimaginable.

BWW Review: MAGGIE RANDOLPH Makes LA Cabaret Debut with HOME AGAINBWW Review: MAGGIE RANDOLPH Makes LA Cabaret Debut with HOME AGAIN
November 22, 2016

Actress/singerMaggie Randolphwon the prestigiousLA's Next Great Stage Star 2016last winter. Upon witnessing her amazing vocal range and spunky personality laced with oodles of warmth, it is easy to understand why. On Sunday November 20, Randolph premiered her LA Cabaret showHome Againto an SRO audience at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal. Accompanying her at the piano were musical director Richard Berent, Kerry Fenster on guitar and Ksenia Rozhdestvenskaya on violin. Needless to say, they all made beautiful music together in the hour long set. The entire evening was directed with great fervor by Peter Welkin.

BWW Review: Sierra Madre Revives Their Successful A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMASBWW Review: Sierra Madre Revives Their Successful A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS
November 21, 2016

Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic bookLittle House on the Prairie(1932)became famous as an hour-long TV drama in the 70s (1974-1983) starring Michael Landon and featuring Melissa Gilbert in her acting debut as Laura. The books, as well as the TV show, are forever popular. In fact, the TV show runs regularly on cable channelInspMonday through Friday. Sierra Madre Playhouse and its artistic director Christian Lebano have chosen to bring back James DeVita's stage adaptation of the stories as its holiday presentation, first seen in 2014,A Little House Christmas,skillfully directed by Alison Eliel Kalmus and featuring a delightful cast of 10, is now onstage in its revival of a West Coast premiere, through December 23.

BWW Review: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE at Mark Taper ForumBWW Review: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE at Mark Taper Forum
November 17, 2016

For the most part, brilliantly written classic plays make their locale the main character of the piece. Think of Tennessee Williams. All of his plays take place in the American South; poverty-stricken New Orleans sets the background forStreetcaramong other plays. In Martin McDonagh'sThe Beauty Queen of Leenane, the small town of Leenane in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland not only displays the frequent rainy, dismal atmosphere for Mag Folan (Marie Mullen) and daughter Maureen (Aisling O'Sullivan), but it sets the lugubrious tone of isolation that cripples and destroys them. Now on the Taper stage through December 18 the Druid Company of Galway who originated the play in 1996, which went on to win four Tonys on Broadway in 1998, presents a stark portrait that lingers in the mind long after one leaves the theatre.

BWW Interview: Group Rep's Doug EngallaBWW Interview: Group Rep's Doug Engalla
November 15, 2016

Playwright Phil Olsonthat same year. Since then, Doug co-produced Olson'sA Nice Family Gatheringin 2000, and has been involved in most of theDon't Hug MeWorld Premiere productions, including directing three of its five world premieres,A Don't Hug Me County Fair;Don't Hug Me, I'm Pregnant; andDon't Hug Me, We're Married. This year, he directed the Group Rep's second revival ofA Nice Family Gathering, with an African-American cast. During the day, Doug works for Walt Disney Animation Studios as a custodian of the Studio's animation art legacy, and as an observer of Disney

BWW Review: I AM ME BECAUSE OF THREE at Sterling's Upstairs At The FederalBWW Review: I AM ME BECAUSE OF THREE at Sterling's Upstairs At The Federal
November 8, 2016

Broadway actress/singerRENEE MARINOmade her feature film debut in 2014 inJersey Boysas Mary Delgado, Frankie Valli's tempestuous wife. She was seen in the role on Broadway by film director Clint Eastwood, and because of her magnanimous talent, was hand picked by him to repeat the role on film. New York born and bred, fiery Italian Marino performed her first cabaret show at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal on Monday November 7 to a packed house. CalledI Am Me Because of Three, the smart and slick show examined her roots and the three relatives that gave her the drive and spirit that pervade her persona.

BWW Review: AMERICA SALUTES OUR VETERANS at WadsworthBWW Review: AMERICA SALUTES OUR VETERANS at Wadsworth
November 7, 2016

For the second year in a row thePink Lady Jackie Goldbergpresented an attention-grabbing Senior Talent Competition. This year's show was very different, as it had two contests on two separate days, one on Saturday November 5 and the other on Sunday November 6 at the Wadsworth Theatre in West LA, and included an endearing salute to our veterans.

BWW Review: A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS at GROUP repBWW Review: A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS at GROUP rep
November 7, 2016

The annual dysfunctional family Christmas gathering? Oy! This family lives in Minnesota. Double oy!! Issue at hand: not one of the family members is anywhere near to being happy. Mom (Belinda Howell) is in denial, keeping her breast cancer a secret, her doctor son Michael (Patrick Burke) has been mysteriously separated from wife Jill (Rebekah Dunn) for three months, other son Carl (Greg D. Barnett), a struggling writer, is estranged from his girlfriend Rita, and daughter Stacey (Truett Jean Butler) is gay and separated from her partner, who hasn't yet told her parents about their relationship. Then there's obnoxious intruder Uncle Bob (Fox Carney) who does his best to upset everyone with his disgustingly uber jovial disposition, and Grandma (Marcia Rodd), with a tongue that could cut glass, who sashays around them all with digs, jibes and a whole barrel of insulting fun. Doug Engalla has skillfully directed a superb cast of players who only have to speak Phil Olson's hysterically funny lines to get laughs. It's a howler a la Neil Simon with a laugh about every two seconds, and each character has that dry infectious Minnesota accent that makes you double over every time you hear it.

BWW Review: Conundrum Theatre Inaugurates with FUNNY GIRLBWW Review: Conundrum Theatre Inaugurates with FUNNY GIRL
October 31, 2016

In a rare revival, Conundrum Theatre Company in its inaugural production, is now presenting the 60s' mega Broadway smashFunny Girl.October 29 was Fanny Brice's birthday. her 125th, in fact. So, we remember the great comedic talent of Miss Brice who took the Zigfield Follies by storm and became a huge Broadway and later Hollywood star.

BWW Review: GLENN ROSENBLUM a Smash Cabaret Hit at RockwellBWW Review: GLENN ROSENBLUM a Smash Cabaret Hit at Rockwell
October 26, 2016

Actor and President of Celebrity Access, IncGlenn Rosenblumperformed his one-man cabaretGlenn Rosenblum Is 'the Musical Man'at Rockwell Table and Stage Monday October 24 to a packed house of adoring fans. Reminding one a little bit of actor James Coco, who had an undeniably infectious sensitivity and sense of humor, Rosenblum took the stage with great ease, sat on a stool by the piano and proceeded to tell his story. First, of course, there was a full overture of Broadway tunes, under the baton of musical director David J. Kaminski at the piano, Jon Butterworth on percussion and Josh Nyback on bass. The three musicians were terrific.

BWW Review: MTW Mounts a Pulsating MEMPHISBWW Review: MTW Mounts a Pulsating MEMPHIS
October 24, 2016

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical,Memphisis an eye-catching, heart-throbbing musical and fictionalized account of how the music business of the 50s actually changed, and as its lead DJ Huey Carmichael would say, it's 'fantastical'!Memphisis currently being revived by MTW in Long Beach for three weeks only through November 6, and the production is thrilling from top to bottom with a great book, great score, sensational direction and choreography and a truly fantastic cast of triple threat actors, singers and dancers.Memphisis one those rare shows that gives the audience a realistic picture of radioandthe emergence of television as it took possession of the nation in the early 50s.

BWW Review: Crown's NOSFERATU Is the Perfect Chilling Halloween FareBWW Review: Crown's NOSFERATU Is the Perfect Chilling Halloween Fare
October 24, 2016

German film-maker F. W. Murnau created the 1922 eclectic silent filmNosferatubased on Bram Stoker'sDracula.It is highly regarded worldwide as an artistic masterpiece, utilizing Expressionistic art. Now in a unique Los Angeles production - unlike any you have seen or are likely to - William A. Reilly has adapted the film to the stage at Crown City Theatre in NoHo.Nosferatu: A Symphony in Terroris a silent film onstage with classical music, ballet and a splendid cast of nine actors, directed with remarkable precision by Reilly.



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