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 Interview: Actress Judith Light Talks GOD LOOKED AWAY and Working with Al PacinoBWW Interview: Judith Light Talks GOD LOOKED AWAY
Posted: Feb. 20, 2017


BWW Interview: Author Jacqueline T. Lynch Talks About ANN BLYTH ACTRESS, SINGER, STARBWW Interview: Author Jacqueline T. Lynch Discusses ANN BLYTH
Posted: Feb. 10, 2017


BWW Review: Stunning ZOOT SUIT Revival at Taper Mirrors Present Day PoliticsBWW Review: Stunning Revival of ZOOT SUIT
Posted: Feb. 20, 2017


BWW Interview: Will Holbrook Talks ROMEO AND JULIET and His Famous GrandpaBWW Interview: Actor Will Holbrook Talks ROMEO AND JULIET
Posted: Feb. 20, 2017


BWW Review: MTW Presents a Vocally Thrilling EVITABWW Review: Vocally Thrilling EVITA at MTW
Posted: Feb. 13, 2017


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BWW Review: Robyn Spangler Brings RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN SPANGLER to RockwellBWW Review: Robyn Spangler Recreates Riddle & Ronstadt
Posted: Jan. 18, 2017


BWW Interview: Actress Judith Light Talks GOD LOOKED AWAY and Working with Al PacinoBWW Interview: Judith Light Talks GOD LOOKED AWAY
Posted: Feb. 20, 2017


BWW Review: BWW Award Winner and Tony Winning Jersey Boys Star JOHN LLOYD YOUNG Continues to Rock Sterling's Upstairs at the FederalBWW Review: JOHN LLOYD YOUNG
Posted: Dec. 28, 2016


BWW Interview: Charles Busch Talks THAT GIRL/THAT BOY in His LA Cabaret Debut at Rockwell Table and StageBWW Interview: Charles Busch Talks THAT GIRL/THAT BOY in His LA Cabaret Debut at Rockwell Table and Stage
February 27, 2017

Actor, singer, playwright andfilm historian Charles Busch is a multi-talented artist who has won many awards over the course of his varied career. Remembered for his plays Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party and Die! Mommie Die!, the latter two having been translated to film, Busch never ceases to amaze with his unique style of creativity. On March 13 and 14 he is bringing his act That Girl/That Boy to Rockwell Table and Stage. In our chat, he talks about this cabaret evening along with delightful observations of the theatre and movie world. In a nutshell, tell our readers about what you are doing in That Girl/That Boy at Rockwell on March 13/14. How is the show unlike any show you have ever done?

BWW Review: Extraordinary Tony Award Winning FUN HOME Plays the AhmansonBWW Review: Extraordinary Tony Award Winning FUN HOME Plays the Ahmanson
February 24, 2017

Finally an extraordinary musical that is high on substance and heart as well as entertainment value! 2015's Tony Winning Best MusicalFun Homeis based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novelFun Home: A Family Tragicomic. The Bechdels are an atypically dysfunctional family living in Pennsylvania. Cartoonist Alison (Kate Shindle) is trying to draw her father Bruce (Robert Petkoff) and to understand why he committed suicide. Currently onstage at the Ahamsnon Theatre through April 1,Fun Homewith its emotionally engaging book by Lisa Kron and curiously vibrant music score by Jeanine Tesori, boasts seamless direction from Sam Gold and a wonderfully sensitive cast.

BWW Review: Magical FINDING NEVERLAND at the PantagesBWW Review: Magical FINDING NEVERLAND at the Pantages
February 23, 2017

To say that the musical version ofFinding Neverlandis a real charmer is an understatement. The book by James Graham retains all of the sweetness of the 2004 film and adds on a delightful theatricality for the stage that just will not quit. One surprising element is the musical score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy that includes some wonderfully poignant and moving ballads. With sweeping direction by Diane Paulus and a dynamite cast this national touring production is bound to please just about everyone, the young and the young at heart. It plays at the Hollywood Pantages through March 12.

BWW Review: LA's NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2017 Presented by Princess Cruises a Tremendous SuccessBWW Review: LA's NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2017 Presented by Princess Cruises a Tremendous Success
February 21, 2017

On Sunday, February 19LA's Next Great StageStar 2017 Presented by Princess Cruisescame to an uber exciting conclusion at the Colony Theatre. After a very entertaining 90-minute program in which the 18 contestants gave 150% to their uptempo songs from Broadway shows, thirteen contestants were eliminated and the top five finalists selected during the first intermission. It was then decided, like the last two years from the consensus of the judges, to add a sixth contestant. Then each of the six proceeded to perform a second number after which the distinguished panel of 18 judges made the final decision during the second intermission.Musical director par excellence Richard Berent accompanied at the piano throughout the three hour show.

BWW Interview: Will Holbrook Talks ROMEO AND JULIET and His Famous GrandpaBWW Interview: Will Holbrook Talks ROMEO AND JULIET and His Famous Grandpa
February 20, 2017

Will, your grandpa is a truly great actor, one of the best. What is it like to perform for him? How has he inspired you? Is he attentive to your needs - both giving and constructively critical ... or does he leave you on your own to overcome your own failures? Is he happy or unhappy that you have chosen the acting profession? It isn't particularly different for me having him in the audience. He is an inspirational figure to me because he loves what he does and he works hard. There are many lessons in watching him work at his senior age, and observing his passion to keep moving is an incredible thing. I am very glad we get to have the grandfather-grandson relationship we do, and he is always asking me how he can help or if I have any questions. He has always been my grandpa first, and it is very comforting to know that I have someone who I can ask anything, about life or about the business. I think he is happy for me that I am pursuing my passion, and he sees where my heart is at, in the work and

BWW Interview: Actress Judith Light Talks GOD LOOKED AWAY and Working with Al PacinoBWW Interview: Actress Judith Light Talks GOD LOOKED AWAY and Working with Al Pacino
February 20, 2017

Actress Judith Light certainly needs no introduction. A familiar face to television audiences, she co-starred in the soap One Life to Live winning two Daytime Emmy Awards and in prime time with Tony Danza in Who's the Boss?Shehas also won two Tony Awards for her stellar work on Broadway. She is a gay rights activist and she and her husband Robert Desiderio have contributed greatly to the gay community in Los Angeles over the years. Co-starring in Amazon's web seriesTransparent, she is currently performing double duty: the TV show by day and at night a workshop play God Looked Away at the Pasadena Playhouse sharing the stage with none other than icon Al Pacino. I caught up with her this week, and she talked briefly but joyously about the play, her role in it and working with Pacino.

BWW Review: Stunning ZOOT SUIT Revival at Taper Mirrors Present Day PoliticsBWW Review: Stunning ZOOT SUIT Revival at Taper Mirrors Present Day Politics
February 20, 2017

Let's get one thing perfectly clear from the get.go. Luis Valdez'sZoot Suitwhich premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and on Broadway in 1978, is a milestone. Broadway had not seen anything quite like it up to that point. First of all, it put Mexicans into the mainstream ... and their Pachuco culture, including their music and dance. In form it's a serious play about the Zoot Suit murders of 1942 in Southern California, but it is laced with humor, song and dance, classifying it in both realms of fact and fantasy. Now, after 39 years, in the 50th anniversary year of Center Theatre Group,Zoot Suitreturns in an all new revival, once again directed by the brilliant Valdez. It has a fantastic cast, is high on entertainment value...and its issues do indeed mirror those present in today's politically ruthless world.

BWW Review: MTW Presents a Vocally Thrilling EVITABWW Review: MTW Presents a Vocally Thrilling EVITA
February 13, 2017

Don't cry for Eva! Tim Rice's & Andrew Lloyd Webber'sEvitahas had a thirty-nine year international love affair with the public since it premiered in 1978 in London and in 1979 on Broadway. The latest revival in regional theatre is currently at MTW in Long Beach. An operetta, or rock opera, with no spoken dialogue, and based on Eva Duarte Peron and husband Juan Peron of Argentina, the story documents the rise to power of a simple peasant girl to the rank - almost - of Vice-President of her country. I say almost because she became too ill to accept the nomination in 1951 and passed into immor

BWW Interview: Author Jacqueline T. Lynch Talks About ANN BLYTH ACTRESS, SINGER, STARBWW Interview: Author Jacqueline T. Lynch Talks About ANN BLYTH ACTRESS, SINGER, STAR
February 10, 2017

Author Jacqueline T. Lynch has just published Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain about the Mt. Tom Playhouse in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She interviewed me about three years ago, since I was born and raised in Holyoke and ... since I spent my childhood watching the Valley Players at Mt. Tom. The Players were my mentors for my odyssey through the acting world. It's a fascinating book. Lynch has also written the only biography in existence of movie and musical star Ann Blyth. In the following interview she talks about both books and her life as a writer.

BWW Review: Well Acted and Directed WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at GrouprepBWW Review: Well Acted and Directed WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at Grouprep
January 30, 2017

There's nothing like a good old fashioned mystery to keep you on the edge of your theatre seat, especially one that's written by the grande dame of the genre Agatha Christie.The Mousetrapwas one of the longest running plays on the West End for umpteen years. As I sat at Group rep Friday night watchingWitness for the Prosecution, which is rarely revived, I really tuned in to the dialogue. It is so well constructed, and the dozen or so characters are deliciously humorous. I am happy to report that the new production at Group rep directed by skilled veteran Jules Aaron and starringguest artist Salome JensandLarry Eisenbergis akin to a jolly good rollercoaster ride. It's delightfully entertaining and can be seen through March 12.

BWW Review: Angelica Page Brilliantly Lives Out Her Mother's Life and Career in TURNING PAGEBWW Review: Angelica Page Brilliantly Lives Out Her Mother's Life and Career in TURNING PAGE
January 27, 2017

Angelica Pagestands quietly stage left and watches a home movie of herself on a giant rear screen. She sees a seemingly innocent little girl running around and playing with her motherGeraldine Page. When the film is over, she steps forward ever so slowly into the spotlight and addresses the audience fearlessly, 'My mother is haunting me.' At that precise moment, we sense we are in good hands. The family talent assuredly has rubbed off on Angelica Page, and we are in for a brilliantly honed theatrical evening.

BWW Interview: Veteran Director Jules Aaron Talks About Directing WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Opening Friday at Group repBWW Interview: Veteran Director Jules Aaron Talks About Directing WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Opening Friday at Group rep
January 26, 2017

Award-winning veteran director Jules Aaron has been putting his directorial stamp on plays and musicals for several decades. Mr. Aaron took time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about his current project, The Group Rep's production of Agatha Christie's New York Critic Circle and Tony award-winning play WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION featuring guest artist Salome Jens, running January 27 through March 12, 2017 at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. Last season, Jules Aaron directed the most successful play the Group Rep has ever produced, the sold-out, twice extended musical THAT LOVIN' FEELIN'.

BWW Interview: Veteran TV Actor Dan Castellaneta Talks FOR PIANO AND HARPOBWW Interview: Veteran TV Actor Dan Castellaneta Talks FOR PIANO AND HARPO
January 25, 2017

Actor Dan Castellaneta is a familiar face and voice from TV's The Simpsons and The Tracy Ullman Show. He has written a play entitled For Piano and Harpo that will open on February 10 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. In our chat he tells us about his past work, the play and what inspired him to write it. Tell us how For Piano and Harpo came about. Were you intrigued by the relationship between Harpo and Oscar Levant? What a frenzy those two must have created together!

BWW Review: Canadian Hit LATE COMPANY Makes American Premiere at Theatre 40BWW Review: Canadian Hit LATE COMPANY Makes American Premiere at Theatre 40
January 23, 2017

Bullying remains the number one problem among high school students in today's world. In Jordan Tannahill'sLate Companyhe explores a Canadian family whose gay son committed suicide due to the influences of bullying at the Toronto school he attended. Currently onstage at Theatre 40, in its American premiere,Late Companyboasts superb direction from Bruce Gray and a dynamic cast of 5 actors.

BWW Review: Robyn Spangler Brings RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN SPANGLER to RockwellBWW Review: Robyn Spangler Brings RIDDLE, RONSTADT & ROBYN SPANGLER to Rockwell
January 18, 2017

Who says artistry seldom improves with age? I sawRobyn Spanglerperform her first Linda Ronstadt show, after an extensive tour to promote her CDWhy I Love Linda Ronstadtabout five years ago. I had the following to say about her performance. 'Accessible, friendly with an aura of poise and self-confidence, Spangler ... fully engages and entertains her audience. I had such a good time, when the hour was over, I wanted to cry out for more...more Nelson Riddle, more Gilbert and Sullivan! Leaving an audience wanting more is a sign of a truly great cabaret artist, and Robyn Spangler fills the bill'.

BWW Review: LA'S NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2017 PRESENTED BY PRINCESS CRUISES Rocks the Colony in Its Second WeekBWW Review: LA'S NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2017 PRESENTED BY PRINCESS CRUISES Rocks the Colony in Its Second Week
January 17, 2017

Loosely patterned after 'an audition process', this 11th annual fully produced event is geared to discovering new talent between the ages of 18 and 32 for the musical theatre stage. This year once again the contest is generously sponsored/presented by Princess Cruises. As has become the standard, approximately 20 contestants compete for the title, a $2500 cash prize, a headlining engagement at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal during the New Year, professional representation in the business of musical theatre, and other valuable prizes. To date, over a dozen former contestants have already made their Broadway and/or Off-Broadway debuts; while nearly another 100 have either starred in Broadway U.S. National Tours; Regional U.S. Musical Theatre productions; Las Vegas Hotel sit-downs of Broadway Musicals; on board in lavish production shows presented by some of the world's most prestigious cruise lines; or have starred on stages at numerous Southern California Theme Parks such as Disneyland's California Adventure and Lego Land. Internationally, Tokyo Disney is also host to Stage Star talent.

BWW Review: Riveting BEE-LUTHER-HATCHEE in a Rare Revival at Sierra Madre PlayhouseBWW Review: Riveting BEE-LUTHER-HATCHEE in a Rare Revival at Sierra Madre Playhouse
January 17, 2017

Thomas Gibbons' rarely seen exploration of responsibility in reporting black culture and sensibilityBee-Luther-Hatcheeis receiving an engrossing production at Sierra Madre Playhouse with meticulous direction from Saundra McClain and a superb cast of five,

BWW Interview: Renowned Actress SALOME JENS Talks About Doing WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at Group repBWW Interview: Renowned Actress SALOME JENS Talks About Doing WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at Group rep
January 10, 2017

Actress Salome Jens certainly needs no introduction. She has starred on Broadway, in film and on television over the years creating a mystique that is original and totally alluring. The very sound of her voice holds me captive. She will open at Group rep in NoHo on January 27 in the classic Witness for the Prosecution. I caught up with her during her busy schedule, and here's what she had to say about the play and the new production.

BWW Review: Audiences at Crown City Theatre Are JUST WILD ABOUT HARRYBWW Review: Audiences at Crown City Theatre Are JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY
January 9, 2017

Think the zaniness of Oscar Wilde'sThe Importance of Being Earnestand Brandon Thomas'Charlie's Auntand then those crazy American stage musical parodies likeLittle Mary SunshineandThe Boy Friend, and you've nailed the nonstop comical antics of I'm Just Wild About Harryadapted by Gary Lamb and William A. Reilly at Crown City Theatre in NoHo. With slick direction and choreography from Lisaun Whittingham and a superior cast, this musical is perfect holiday entertainment.

BWW Review: Senior Editor DON GRIGWARE Gives His Annual Eddon Awards in Honor of the Best in Los Angeles Theatre for 2016BWW Review: Senior Editor DON GRIGWARE Gives His Annual Eddon Awards in Honor of the Best in Los Angeles Theatre for 2016
January 3, 2017

There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2016 which I did not cover. This list is based only on what I saw and reviewed. (alphabetical listings; Equity, Equity-waiver & Non-Equity productions are mixed) (artists performing outside LA may be included in performance categories) No set, costume, technical awards. I leave that to the bigger awards and to the expertise of those who really know those fields inside out.



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