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: Secret Rose in NoHo Brings Back LA's Longest Running Hit the Entertaining IT'S JUST SEXBWW Reviews: Secret Rose in NoHo Brings Back LA's IT'S JUST SEX
Posted: Aug. 25, 2014


BWW Reviews: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Is Smokin' at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner TheatreBWW Reviews: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Is Smokin' at Candlelight
Posted: Aug. 4, 2014


BWW Interviews: ERICH BERGEN Talks About BROADWAY UNDER THE STARSBWW Interviews: ERICH BERGEN Talks BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS
Posted: Aug. 4, 2014


BWW Reviews: Actress/Singer REBECCA SPENCER Brings a Lilting and Classy Fair Warning to Vitello'sBWW Reviews: REBECCA SPENCER a Class Act at Vitello's
Posted: Aug. 18, 2014


BWW Reviews: A Charming Look Back at the 70s in a Rare Revival of 6 RMS RIV VU at Sierra Madre PlayhouseBWW Reviews: A Charming Look Back at the 70s at Sierra Madre with 6 RMS RIV VU
Posted: Aug. 4, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: 3D Theatricals' DAMN YANKEES Boasts Miles of HEARTBWW Reviews: 3D Theatricals' DAMN YANKEES Boasts Miles of HEART
Posted: Jul. 14, 2014


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: La Mirada Performs a Triumphant LES MISBWW Reviews: La Mirada Performs a Triumphant LES MIS
Posted: Jun. 3, 2014


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: GCT Brings On Splashy, Roaring THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIEBWW Reviews: GCT Brings On Splashy, Roaring THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
August 31, 2014

The 1920s were not called the roaring twenties for nothing, and when 'modern' girls came from small towns across America to New York to seek a job, a husband and money, they were an overabundant lot. Take Millie Dillmount (Allyson Spiegelman) for example, who, like many others, sets her eyes, but hardly her heart, on dreamy boss Trevor Graydon (Kelby Thwaits), who also has eyes for Miss Dorothy Brown (Deanna Bakker). Add Jimmy Smith (Jason Webb), who literally ran into Millie on the streets and then pops back into the picture, attempting to win her over romantically. Welcome to modern big city living: take a number, stand in line. And there's even more discouragement. Apart from New York's degrading social life led by Muzzy Van Hossmere (Julia Marie Rodriguez), Millie is living in a den of iniquity the Priscilla Hotel where hostess Mrs.Meers (Alison England) has a side job selling orphan girls into white slavery. However, despite all these calamities, big and small, there's an air of the ridiculous surrounding them. Based on the 1967 film which starred Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing, TMM is an ode to madcap senselessness, and go no further than to Glendale and GCT for a nifty revival now onstage through October 4.
BWW Reviews: Lovely Two CharacterTRYING Brings Back 40s and 60s History and Nostalgia to ICT in Long BeachBWW Reviews: Lovely Two CharacterTRYING Brings Back 40s and 60s History and Nostalgia to ICT in Long Beach
August 25, 2014

Playwright Joanna McClelland Glass's autobiographical Trying is a two character play based on her working relationship as secretary to Judge Francis Biddle from 1967-68 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Now in a fine West Coast premiere at ICT in Long Beach, Trying recounts the difficult professional and personal growth of Sarah Schorr (Paige Lindsey White) at the beginning of her career and Biddle (Tony Abatemarco) in the final days of his, against the backdrop of 60s political turmoil. With excellent direction from John Henry Davis and two astounding performances, Trying runs to September 14 only.
BWW Reviews: Secret Rose in NoHo Brings Back LA's Longest Running Hit the Entertaining IT'S JUST SEXBWW Reviews: Secret Rose in NoHo Brings Back LA's Longest Running Hit the Entertaining IT'S JUST SEX
August 25, 2014

Sex in a title is an eye-catching titillation guaranteed to attract an audience. I had never seen It's Just Sex originally, so I thought, 'OMG, let's do it - no pun intended - and be done with it'. Is it about sex for the sake of sex or what? Hardly. The play is not a parody of the porn industry or about consistently rampant promiscuity. Not that there's isn't sex involved or that the actors are not appealing. It is and they are, but, in the long run , there is much, much more. In fact, you leave the theatre gaining more from it than you expected, going in. It's Just Sex had an 11-year run in LA before it spent a year off-Broadway; now it returns with a brand-spanking new and electric cast to the Secret Rose Theatre for continued fun, games and plenty of food for thought, through October 26.
BWW Interview: Renowned Theatre Director GLENN CASALE Continues to Keep an Astoundingly Busy ScheduleBWW Interview: Renowned Theatre Director GLENN CASALE Continues to Keep an Astoundingly Busy Schedule
August 19, 2014

Prolifically talented director Glenn Casale's pursuits in the LA theatre community are immeasurable and should not go unnoticed. He took time out from an ultra busy schedule to talk about his post as artistic director of Music Circus in Sacramento - which is presenting its last offering for the current season La Cage Aux Folles this week through Sunday August 24 - and also about a production of Beauty and the Beast which will open soon in Russia.
BWW reviews: Actor/Singer DAN CALLAWAY  Says Farewell to LA With Homespun Music and WarmthBWW reviews: Actor/Singer DAN CALLAWAY Says Farewell to LA With Homespun Music and Warmth
August 18, 2014

Actor/singer Dan Callaway has been revered over the last decade in New York and Los Angeles for his fine tenor/baritone voice, and so it is with mixed feelings that we say goodbye to him as he leaves to assume a teaching position in his home state of Elon, North Carolina. We are indeed happy that through his teaching he will be sharing his great love of music with others, but on local musical stages he will be sorely missed. On Sunday August 17 Callaway presented a farewell concert at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal that was full of the simplistic, homegrown music of his youth.
BWW Reviews: Actress/Singer REBECCA SPENCER Brings a Lilting and Classy Fair Warning to Vitello'sBWW Reviews: Actress/Singer REBECCA SPENCER Brings a Lilting and Classy Fair Warning to Vitello's
August 18, 2014

On Friday August 15 singer/actress Rebecca Spencer made her Los Angles concert debut with Fair Warning at Upstairs at Vitello's with her long-time collaborator Philip Fortenberry as musical director, also making his LA debut.
BWW Reviews: Rare FIFTH DIMENSION Concert Rocks Los AngelesBWW Reviews: Rare FIFTH DIMENSION Concert Rocks Los Angeles
August 11, 2014

'Up, Up and Away' is not only the signature tune of the Fifth Dimension but it expressed the overall uplifting feeling Saturday night when the group made a rare Los Angeles concert appearance at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Their positive energy made the entire audience want to fly right along with them as they soared through a thrilling 90 minute odyssey of their hits as well as a bevy of Motown pop standards and other great tunes from the past. It was indeed a walk down memory lane, a dandy one, with gorgeous Florence LaRue, one the original founders of the Fifth Dimension, and her current partners Willie Williams, Patrice Morris, Leonard Tucker and Floyd Smith. Every one just oozed personality, charm, warmth and pizzaz and are still in super dynamic vocal form. LaRue sounds every bit as good as she did back in 1965 when the group started out, with an incredible range and sultry delivery that will not quit.
BWW Reviews: LaBute's REASONS TO BE PRETTY Hits a High NoteBWW Reviews: LaBute's REASONS TO BE PRETTY Hits a High Note
August 11, 2014

Neil LaBute is known for writing abrasive plays, in which aggression often leads to violence. And the characters are not criminals but ordinary people who find themselves reacting differently when placed in extreme circumstances. It could happen to anyone. Take Bash for example. In his latest work reasons to be pretty currently onstage at the Geffen Playhouse through August 31, LaBute examines ordinary people once again, but in ordinary, day to day life, in ordinary relationships. Directed meticulously by Randall Arney and with an outstanding cast, reasons to be pretty, in spite of its slow, realistic pacing and drawn out but believable dialogue exchanges, offers some pretty sage advice on how to treat others. And that is pretty welcome advice, indeed.
BWW Interview: CHAD KIMBALL Talks BROADWAY UNDER THE STARSBWW Interview: CHAD KIMBALL Talks BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS
August 11, 2014

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced a one-night-only concert event at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 16 at 8pm. Broadway Under the Stars will star Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) and will also feature (in alphabetical order) Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls), Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys, stage and film), Rogelio Douglas, Jr. (In the Heights), Danny Gurwin (Little Women) and Tony Award-nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis). David Galligan will direct, and the music director is Gerald Sternbach.
BWW Review: Music Circus Lovingly Revives BRIGADOONBWW Review: Music Circus Lovingly Revives BRIGADOON
August 9, 2014

Say what you will about legends, myths and miracles, but Brigadoon has a charm and appeal that can turn a nonbeliever to...well, at least make you rethink your existence as you exult in the lavish musical score by Lerner & Loewe. Now in a lovely production at Sacramento's Music Circus in the Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento, this early L & L work is receiving a rare revival through this Sunday August 10 only.
BWW Interviews: DANNY GURWIN Talks About BROADWAY UNDER THE STARSBWW Interviews: DANNY GURWIN Talks About BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS
August 6, 2014

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced a one-night-only concert event at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 16 at 8pm. Broadway Under the Stars will star Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday and will also feature (in alphabetical order) Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys, stage and film), Rogelio Douglas, Jr. (In the Heights), Danny Gurwin (Little Women) and Tony Award-nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis) David Galligan will direct, and the music director is Gerald Sternbach.
BWW Reviews: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Is Smokin' at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner TheatreBWW Reviews: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Is Smokin' at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre
August 4, 2014

Akin to a revue, Smokey Joe's Cafe is made up of songs, songs, and more songs without a single word of dialogue. Like the final tune says 'That Is Rock & Roll'; it's the music of Leiber and Stoller who gave us some of the biggest hits of the 50s like 'Hound Dog', 'Love Potion # 9' and 'Jailhouse Rock'. In a lively revival at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, the smoke, the cafe and its music are ecstatically displayed by a cast of 9 thrilling vocalists.
BWW Reviews: A Charming Look Back at the 70s in a Rare Revival of 6 RMS RIV VU at Sierra Madre PlayhouseBWW Reviews: A Charming Look Back at the 70s in a Rare Revival of 6 RMS RIV VU at Sierra Madre Playhouse
August 4, 2014

Bob Randall's 6 RMS RIV VU is a charming look at 70s culture through the eyes of two marrieds about to engage in a tenuous extra-marital affair. Yes, it's dated, but still enjoyable summer fare in a rare revival currently onstage at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in Sierra Madre through September 6.
BWW Interviews: ERICH BERGEN Talks About BROADWAY UNDER THE STARSBWW Interviews: ERICH BERGEN Talks About BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS
August 4, 2014

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced a one-night-only concert event at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 16 at 8pm. Broadway Under the Stars will star Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) and will also feature (in alphabetical order) Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls), Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys, stage and film), Rogelio Douglas, Jr. (In the Heights), Danny Gurwin (Little Women) and Tony Award-nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis). David Galligan will direct, and the music director is Gerald Sternbach.
BWW Interviews: OBBA BABATUNDE Talks BROADWAY UNDER THE STARSBWW Interviews: OBBA BABATUNDE Talks BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS
August 1, 2014

Chris Isaacson Presents has announced a one-night-only concert event at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 16 at 8pm. Broadway Under the Stars will star Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) and will also feature (in alphabetical order) Obba Babatunde (Dreamgirls), Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys, stage and film), Rogelio Douglas, Jr. (In the Heights), Danny Gurwin (Little Women) and Tony Award-nominee Chad Kimball (Memphis). David Galligan will direct, and the music director is Gerald Sternbach.
BWW Reviews: Consummate Vocalist Jeanne Page Knocks Her CD Preview Show REBOOT Out of the ParkBWW Reviews: Consummate Vocalist Jeanne Page Knocks Her CD Preview Show REBOOT Out of the Park
July 28, 2014

On Sunday July 27 powerhouse vocalist Jeanne Page made a stylish return to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal for a marvelous evening of standards done her way, entitled Reboot. This lady has a unique brand of humor that is intoxicating and infuses every song she sings with the true colors they deserve. She is about to release a CD of her work, so Reboot was a preview of the album. Believe me, it's a knockout!
BWW Reviews: Group Rep Presents a Gripping STREETCAR NAMED DESIREBWW Reviews: Group Rep Presents a Gripping STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
July 28, 2014

Tennessee Williams' classic A Streetcar Named Desire is revered as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century with Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, two of the most fascinating characters in theatrical history. Written in the 40s, the play does have many dated elements, but given a taut, well-honed production, its beautifully poetic passages still inspire...and its raw passions can ignite fireworks. Now onstage at the group rep in NoHo, Streetcar may be a daring choice for this company, but under L. Flint Esquerra's caring and detailed direction and with four actors perfectly cast in the lead roles, it is something to sing about.
BWW Reviews: Henson Alternative's PUPPET UP! UNCENSORED a Dandy Adult TreatBWW Reviews: Henson Alternative's PUPPET UP! UNCENSORED a Dandy Adult Treat
July 28, 2014

As part of their annual Summer at the Playhouse series in July, which this year also included Joey Luft and Mary Bridget Davies, Pasadena Playhouse hosted Henson Alternative's Puppet Up! Uncensored for 3 nights only. Music, Mayhem, Madness was promised and certainly delivered with six puppeteers, comic host Patrick Bristow - and at least 50 puppets centerstage. The show is audience friendly; in fact, in a couple of scenarios, audience members are invited on stage to participate in what appears to be a spontaneously imagined set.
Photo Flash: DORIS AND ME at the El Portal Welcomes the Doris Day Animal Foundation and Celebrities Who Worked with DayPhoto Flash: DORIS AND ME at the El Portal Welcomes the Doris Day Animal Foundation and Celebrities Who Worked with Day
July 25, 2014

Opening night of Doris and Me at the El Portal Theatre in NoHo hosted many celebrities including actors who costarred with Doris Day.
BWW Reviews: DORIS AND ME a Smash at the El PortalBWW Reviews: DORIS AND ME a Smash at the El Portal
July 25, 2014

Actor/singer Scott Dreier is, by self-description, consumed with Doris Day. He has been a fan since a tender age, watching every Doris Day movie and listening to every Day album hundreds, perhaps thousands of times. We all love Day. Who doesn't? She symbolizes all that is sweet and good in life! Because of her genuine spirit, it became OK for actresses like Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper to have their own shows, representing ordinary yet intelligent young middle-class women and their problems. Because of her, four legged creatures have more organizations looking out for their total welfare. Because of her, our overall lives are a whole lot happier. Scott Dreier, like Day, is genuine, warm with a strong lilting vocal instrument and possessing an infectious charisma, with that famous 'sparkling smile' that will not quit on or off stage. He is the perfect entertainer to extol Doris Day and to sing her unforgettable music.


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