Don Grigware Announces His Best in LA Theatre for 2012

The Best in LA Theatre for 2012

The choices I have made are based solely on the plays and performances that I actually saw. I cannot see all the great talent that is out there in LA; it is physically impossible, as there exist far too many theatre/cabaret performances for one person to cover. So if a choice of yours is not on my list, chances are, I did not see that play or performance...or, it just did not make the final cut. I also do not separate Equity from Equity waiver; I consider all the productions/performances I select to be of top-of-the-line quality/professionalism.

Based on what I did see, there was an overabundance of talent. Difficult as it always is, this year I restricted myself less to a set number in each category. If there is an overflow in some categories be it! There are several people who almost made the list, but, alas, not everyone should. There has to be a limit, separating the men from the boys. What I am giving you is the very best of what I saw. The category of Best Director - Play and Musical - is new this year

I am not politically correct...never have, Merry Christmas to all my readers and to all who joyously participated in LA theatre during 2012!!! May 2013 be equally blessed!! - lol Don Grigware

(alphabetical listings) (artists performing outside LA may be included in performance categories)


Avenue Q - DOMA

Billy Elliott - Pantages Theatre

The Book of Mormon - Pantages Theatre

Clybourne Park - Mark Taper Forum

The Color Purple - Celebration Theatre

Deathtrap - Gay and Lesbian Center

Follies - Ahmanson Theatre

In the Red and Brown Water - Fountain Theatre

The Irish Curse - Odyssey Theatre

Memphis - Pantages

Other Desert Cities - Mark Taper Forum

The Paris Letter - Group rep

Peter Pan - La Mirada

Red - Mark Taper Forum

The Scottsboro Boys - Old Globe, San Diego

Seminar - Ahmanson Theatre

Silence the Musical - Hayworth Theatre

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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:

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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