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.
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LAST 30 DAYS

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


Cabrillo Stages a Sizzling In the HeightsCabrillo Stages a Sizzling In the Heights
Posted: Mar. 31, 2014


Floyd Collins, Though Not For Everyone, Offers Splendid TheatricalityFloyd Collins, Though Not For Everyone, Offers Splendid Theatricality
Posted: Mar. 31, 2014


BWW Reviews: Noel Coward's Rarely Produced A SONG AT TWILIGHT Receives a Stellar Mounting at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Reviews: Noel Coward's Rarely Produced A SONG AT TWILIGHT Receives a Stellar Mounting at Pasadena Playhouse
Posted: Mar. 25, 2014


BWW Reviews: Candlelight Outdoes Itself with Embraceable CRAZY FOR YOUBWW Reviews: Candlelight Outdoes Itself with Embraceable CRAZY FOR YOU
Posted: Mar. 24, 2014


BWW Interviews: Actor Bruce Davison Talks About His Role in Coward's A SONG AT TWILIGHTBWW Interviews: Actor Bruce Davison Talks About His Role in Coward's A SONG AT TWILIGHT
Posted: Mar. 27, 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: MTW Stages Evocative Return of Norma Desmond and SUNSET BOULEVARDBWW Reviews: MTW Stages Evocative Return of Norma Desmond and SUNSET BOULEVARD
Posted: Jul. 16, 2013


BWW Interviews: Actor James Marsters Talks About THE BELLS OF WEST 87TH at Greenway CourtBWW Interviews: Actor James Marsters Talks About THE BELLS OF WEST 87TH at Greenway Court
Posted: Sep. 3, 2013


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 Reviews: Potent Paul Robeson Play Comes to Mark Taper ForumBWW Reviews: Potent Paul Robeson Play Comes to Mark Taper Forum
April 21, 2014

The Tallest Tree in the Forest/written & performed by Daniel Beaty/directed by Moises Kaufman/Mark Taper Forum/through May 25
BWW Reviews: Consummate Actress Annette Bening Brings RUTH DRAPER To Vibrant Life at GeffenBWW Reviews: Consummate Actress Annette Bening Brings RUTH DRAPER To Vibrant Life at Geffen
April 21, 2014

Ruth Draper's Monologues/written by Ruth Draper/directed & performed by Annette Bening/Geffen Playhouse/through May 18
BWW Reviews: A Noise Within Presents Resonating Version of Inge's COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBABWW Reviews: A Noise Within Presents Resonating Version of Inge's COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA
April 15, 2014

Come Back, Little Sheba/by William Inge/directed by Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott/a Noise Within, Pasadena/through May 17
BWW Reviews: GCT Brings Back Hilarious CASH ON DELIVERYBWW Reviews: GCT Brings Back Hilarious CASH ON DELIVERY
April 14, 2014

BWW Reviews: S'WONDERFUL: Gershwin Tunes Sung by a Super Talented Cast Onstage at MTWBWW Reviews: S'WONDERFUL: Gershwin Tunes Sung by a Super Talented Cast Onstage at MTW
April 8, 2014

S'Wonderful:The New Gershwin Musical//written & directed by Ray Roderick/MTW (Musical Theatre West) at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach/through April 20
BWW Reviews: Lookingglass' LILKA KADISON Is a Real Charmer at the FalconBWW Reviews: Lookingglass' LILKA KADISON Is a Real Charmer at the Falcon
April 3, 2014

The Last Act of Lilka Kadison/by Nicola Behrman, David Kersnar, Abbie Phillips, Heidi Stillman, Andrew White/directed by Dan Bonnell/Falcon Theatre, produced in association with the Lookingglass Theatre Company*/through April 19
Floyd Collins, Though Not For Everyone, Offers Splendid TheatricalityFloyd Collins, Though Not For Everyone, Offers Splendid Theatricality
March 31, 2014

Cabrillo Stages a Sizzling In the HeightsCabrillo Stages a Sizzling In the Heights
March 31, 2014

BWW Interviews: Actor Bruce Davison Talks About His Role in Coward's A SONG AT TWILIGHTBWW Interviews: Actor Bruce Davison Talks About His Role in Coward's A SONG AT TWILIGHT
March 27, 2014

Actor Bruce Davison certainly needs no introduction. He has starred on stage, screen and television in a multitude of complex roles over the last almost 50 years. He is most remembered for his early film Willard in the 60s and his stunning Oscar-nominated role in Longtime Companion from the early 90s. Davison is currently onstage in Noel Coward's A Song at Twilight at the Pasadena Playhouse, co-starring Sharon Lawrence and Roxanne Hart. In our chat, he talks about his wonderful role in the Coward play and other fascinating career tidbits.
BWW Reviews: Endearing LIZA Minnelli Performs at Walt Disney Concert HallBWW Reviews: Endearing LIZA Minnelli Performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall
March 26, 2014

BWW Reviews: Noel Coward's Rarely Produced A SONG AT TWILIGHT Receives a Stellar Mounting at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Reviews: Noel Coward's Rarely Produced A SONG AT TWILIGHT Receives a Stellar Mounting at Pasadena Playhouse
March 25, 2014

A Song at Twilight/by Noel Coward/directed by Art Manke/Pasadena Playhouse/through April 13
Grammy Winning Pianist John McDaniel Talks S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the MOVIESGrammy Winning Pianist John McDaniel Talks S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the MOVIES
March 24, 2014

On Saturday May 10 S.T.A.G.E. (Southland Theatrical Artists Goodwill Event) will present its annual show at the Saban Theatre on Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, this year entitled S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the MOVIES, directed by David Galligan with musical direction from the incomparable John McDaniel. Grammy, Tony and Emmy winning composer, musician McDaniel took time out of his busy rehearsal schedule to chat about the evening.
BWW Reviews: Candlelight Outdoes Itself with Embraceable CRAZY FOR YOUBWW Reviews: Candlelight Outdoes Itself with Embraceable CRAZY FOR YOU
March 24, 2014

Crazy For You/book by Ken Ludwig/music & lyrics by George & Ira Gershwin/directed by Neil Dale/choreographed by Dustin Ceithamer/Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, Claremont/through April 27
BWW Reviews: Antaeus' TOP GIRLS Is Illuminating TheatreBWW Reviews: Antaeus' TOP GIRLS Is Illuminating Theatre
March 18, 2014

Top Girls/by Caryl Churchill/directed by Cameron Watson/Antaeus Theatre Company/through May 4
BWW Reviews: Rubicon's Fine MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN Demands to be SeenBWW Reviews: Rubicon's Fine MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN Demands to be Seen
March 18, 2014

A Moon for the Misbegotten/by Eugene O'Neill/directed by Jenny Sullivan/Rubicon Theatre, Ventura/through April 6
BWW Reviews: Pierce's SLOWGIRL Makes a Curious Piece at the GeffenBWW Reviews: Pierce's SLOWGIRL Makes a Curious Piece at the Geffen
March 18, 2014

Slowgirl/by Greg Pierce/directed by Randall Arney/Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater/through April 27
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
March 13, 2014

The big question surrounding the fate of Harmony: Is Broadway ready for another musical about the turbulent 30s and Nazi occupation of Germany? With The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof (although set in Russia and at an earlier time, it's still about the plight of the Jews) and Cabaret firmly planted in our minds as three of the greatest musicals ever written about the Nazis, do we need one more? Barry Manilow has been trying desperately for over 10 years to get his Harmony, the true story about the Comedian Harmonists, onstage. Now at the Ahmanson through April 13, Harmony is beautifully produced and mounted, exceedingly well-performed and a thoroughly moving story about 6 singers/performers whose careers and lives were interrupted and controlled by Naziism. The answer to the big question is a shaky maybe.
BWW Reviews: Actor/Singer Jason Graae Premieres 49 1/2 Shades of Graae at Sterling'sBWW Reviews: Actor/Singer Jason Graae Premieres 49 1/2 Shades of Graae at Sterling's
March 12, 2014

As a teen in Tulsa, Oklahoma who aspired to be a dramatic actor, Chicago-born Jason Graae was advised to 'Be a Clown' and to 'Make 'em Laugh'. Not everyone can fill the shoes of a clown; those shoes are pretty damn big. But for Graae, whose mind never stops clicking with its razor-sharp wit, fierce timing and shotgun-speed spontaneity, clowning seemed the natural choice, and thank heaven for us, he not only followed through but has turned into one of the most endearing comic performers the world has ever known. On Monday March 10, Graae premiered his brand new cabaret show 49 1/2 Shades of Graae at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal to an ecstatic packed house. Introducing his material, he said it was based on the porn novel 50 Shades of Grey, but...'This is gonna be dirtier.' 'Dirty' in Graae terminology means... yes, indeed, some smut thrown in, but with a whole lot of charm, pizazz and miles and miles of genuine humor. There are a few serious scenarios included in the mostly autobiographical show, but every one with heart and banners waving high. And when I mean autobiographical, there are not only career stories but personal anecdotes as well. Expertly staged by Heather Lee and with fab musical direction from John Boswell, the evening was, to quote Graae, in an improv-takeoff of my supposed BWW review, 'the best show I saw in NoHo all day...' and for those lucky enough to get reservations, it will repeat next Sunday March 16.
BWW Reviews: Musician Michael Ryan Brings Spirited Spirit of Ireland to La VerneBWW Reviews: Musician Michael Ryan Brings Spirited Spirit of Ireland to La Verne
March 12, 2014

On Sunday March 9, Spirit of Ireland lit up Morgan Auditorium at the University of La Verne with Michael Ryan and seven other electric musicians onstage, as well as lovely singer Cassie Murphy and three award-winning Irish dancers including Caterina Coyne from Riverdance. Part of a monthly program from the University's music department entitled Sundays at the Morgan, the evening was introduced by the interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Felicia Beardsley and turned out to be a real pre-St. Patrick's Day treat for the packed house.
Disabled Group Rep Actor Runs LA Marathon This SundayDisabled Group Rep Actor Runs LA Marathon This Sunday
March 7, 2014

Just short of his 66th birthday, Henry Holden, an actor with a disability, will run the LA MARATHON this Sunday, March 9. In doing so, he will help raise funds to support his theatre company, the Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre, which is facing a frivolous lawsuit that could drain their operating funds. Henry's also racing to see if he can improve his time of twenty years ago - when he was in his mid-40s and first participated.


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