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 ninth 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 both a bilingual novel about Columbia and 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: SUNSET BOULEVARD Makes Regional Premiere at VistaBWW Review: SUNSET BOULEVARD Makes Regional Premiere at Vista
Posted: Aug. 25, 2017


BWW Review: Welk Resort's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Revival Is a KnockoutBWW Review: Welk Resort's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Revival Is a Knockout
Posted: Sep. 18, 2017


BWW Review: GROUP rep Knocks LOST IN YONKERS Out of the ParkBWW Review: GROUP rep Knocks LOST IN YONKERS Out of the Park
Posted: Sep. 11, 2017


BWW Review: Rubicon Presents a Daring INCOGNITOBWW Review: Rubicon Presents a Daring INCOGNITO
Posted: Sep. 19, 2017


BWW Interview: Director Kevin Chesley Discusses THE 39 STEPS at Actors Co-opBWW Interview: Director Kevin Chesley Discusses THE 39 STEPS at Actors Co-op
Posted: Sep. 21, 2017


BWW Review: It's a Question of Religious Values in SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE at Crown City TheatreBWW Review: It's a Question of Religious Values in SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE at Crown City Theatre
Posted: Sep. 12, 2017


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BWW Review: Timeless, Cherished WEST SIDE STORY Receives a Near to Perfect Production at La MiradaBWW Review: Timeless, Cherished WEST SIDE STORY Receives a Near to Perfect Production at La Mirada
Posted: Apr. 24, 2017


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: Director Kevin Chesley Discusses THE 39 STEPS at Actors Co-opBWW Interview: Director Kevin Chesley Discusses THE 39 STEPS at Actors Co-op
September 21, 2017

KEVIN CHESLEY has directed, written and performed sketch comedy for stages like Upright Citizens Brigade (LA and NYC), The iO (Chicago and West), and the Vancouver Comedy Festival. He is a co-founder of TROOP! and The Riot Act, troupes that have performed in venues like The Comedy Central Stage, The HBO Workspace, and The Chicago Improv Festival. For ten years he has directed The Apple Sisters, a staged 1943 radio show that very much helped prepare him to dive into the 1935 world of The 39 Steps. He was also a director for The Hampstead Players Theater Company. A screenwriter, Kevin has written for The Onion, National Lampoon, and MTV's The Hard Times of RJ Berger, as well as screenplays for Warner Brothers, Paramount, Bad Robot, Happy Madison, and 20th Century Fox. He has Executive Produced pilots for both NBC and Cartoon Network. Training: Act One Hollywood, BFA Emerson College. He is currently directing The 39 Steps for Actors Co-op about to open Friday September 22.

BWW Review: THE RED SHOES Captivate LABWW Review: THE RED SHOES Captivate LA
September 21, 2017

Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures Company spell electricity from the getgo. When critics, actors and other fans heard that Bourne was bringing the premiere US production of The Red Shoes to the Ahmanson for two weeks only, it instantly became a hot ticket. Why? What he produces and directs supercedesballet; even wordless, it's as theatrical as you can get with visual images and musical sounds that are super exciting to watch and listen to...and the music of Bernard Herrmann accompanying this piece is one of the greatest treats imaginable.

BWW Review: Rubicon Presents a Daring INCOGNITOBWW Review: Rubicon Presents a Daring INCOGNITO
September 19, 2017

Upon entering the Rubicon opening night, I first remarked the bare stage with four chairs against a solid color background that would serve as a sort of screen for projections (Mike Billings-set, lighting, projection designer). This kind of setup usually indicates that there is no set for the play and that the actors will sit and move about to create the scenarios. This can be a good thing or bad depending on the content and framework of the play. In this case Incognito, a west coast premiere by British playwright Nick Payne presents on the surface quite a bit to swallow. The message beneath, however, is much more simplistic and the ensemble of actors under the supremely intelligent direction of Katharine Farmer make the play worth a trip to Ventura to the Rubicon Theatre now through October 1.

BWW Review: Welk Resort's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Revival Is a KnockoutBWW Review: Welk Resort's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Revival Is a Knockout
September 18, 2017

Frequently described as a cross between steel and gossamer, Kander and Ebb's musical of Manuel Puig's mind-boggling novel Kiss of the Spider Woman is nothing short of breathtaking when properly produced. Dealing with reality versus illusion (steel, for prison bars and gossamer, the feminine side of Molina's mind), the play adapts perfectly to musical form, where Molina (Jeffrey Scott Parsons) and his troupe play out Aurora's (Natalie Nucci) screen life through song and dance. In fact, I've always found the musical more intriguing than Hector Babenco's 1985 film also because of the omnipresent operatic themes of romance, love, passion, violence and betrayal.

BWW Review: It's a Question of Religious Values in SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE at Crown City TheatreBWW Review: It's a Question of Religious Values in SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE at Crown City Theatre
September 12, 2017

Plays about religion are most difficult to digest, but Somewhere in the middle, a world premiere by Gary Lamb at Crown City Theatre, is overall a nice surprise. Presenting a contemporary middle class family from the midwest with crisp funny dialogue and relatable family issues that involve precocious children and a somewhat overbearing live-in grandma, the play is simultaneously thought-provoking and entertaining. Sarah (Julie Lancho

BWW Review: GROUP rep Knocks LOST IN YONKERS Out of the ParkBWW Review: GROUP rep Knocks LOST IN YONKERS Out of the Park
September 11, 2017

Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize-winning dramedyLost in Yonkersfollowed his autobiographical trioBrighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi BluesandBroadway Bound.Critics started to take him seriously as a playwright with these plays for he was writing about his own family's life experiences.Lost in Yonkersis set in 1942 in Yonkers, New York where Grandma Kurnitz (Loraine Shields) and her daughter Bella (Roslyn Cohn) run the family confectionery store and live in a modest apartment upstairs. Now in a stunning production at the GROUP rep, Larry Eisenberg directs a perfectly cast ensemble who make the play shine brightly through October 22. Humor is Simon's best suit. This is drama, but... there is plenty of comedy emanating

BWW Review: SUNSET BOULEVARD Makes Regional Premiere at VistaBWW Review: SUNSET BOULEVARD Makes Regional Premiere at Vista
August 25, 2017

1993's rarely producedSunset Boulevardis a somewhat flawed musical play that satisfies best with the casting of an actress of great star quality as Norma Desmond, one whose face could have convincingly lit up a silent film screen. Moonlight Amphitheatre has its star in Valerie Perri, and under Larry Raben's resourcefully skilled staging,Sunset Boulevardis a hit.

BWW Review: Levi Kreis Brings BROADWAY AT THE KEYS to LABWW Review: Levi Kreis Brings BROADWAY AT THE KEYS to LA
August 21, 2017

A small town Tennessee Southern Baptist sissyLevi Kreishas takenLA, New York and the world by storm within this millenium. When he performs not only gays flock to see him. He has many, many straight fans as well. Why? Because this phenomenon is one enormous talent who, as my mom used to say, can make a piano TALK. He won a Tony for playing Jerry Lee Lewis inMillion Dollar Quartetand has developed a fast-paced, heart-pounding style like no other singer of this generation. He is mesmerizing to watch and a dynamite pleasure to listen to. On Saturday August 19 Kreis (pronounced like Christ without thetby his own admission) performed his solo show at LGBT in Hollywood . He is on tour to promote his latest CDBroadway at the Keys.To say the show was a hit with the audience is an understatement, as most lined up in the lobby following the 80-minute set to purchase the CD and to meet the charismatic singing/songwriting star for a selfie and a signature.

BWW Review: HAMILTON Takes Los Angeles By StormBWW Review: HAMILTON Takes Los Angeles By Storm
August 18, 2017

What can I say aboutHAMILTONthat hasn't already been said one hundred times over? I was excited to attend opening night at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. I haven't seen so much over.the.top yet genuine enthusiasm for a show since the originalDreamgirlswith Jennifer Holliday in the 1980s. Audience screamed and cheered the entrances of every major character. At the top, I was so propelled into the setting and the action of the American Revolution in 1776 that I forgot I was watching an historical show...and that says a lot because I am not a fan of rap music. However, for those of you like me, you are in for a treat, because its heart-pounding beats drive the show with a thrilling nonstop execution like no other.

BWW Review: Take Your Wash to the Hudson and the HONKY TONK LAUNDRYBWW Review: Take Your Wash to the Hudson and the HONKY TONK LAUNDRY
August 14, 2017

RememberThe Marvelous WonderettesandLife Could Be a Dream? Creator Roger Bean had two tremendous musical hits in these shows.The Marvelous Wonderettesfeatured four FBF, andLife...four guy pals. They both focused on living your dream to the fullest, and featured young teens aspiring to the max. Both had great background pop songs of the 50s, 60 and beyond.Wonderetteswent beyond the teen years with two sequelsWinter WonderettesandCaps and Gowns, in which we saw the gals grow up and meet life's struggles head on. On the shelf since about 2005,Honky Tonk Laundryis Bean's two character musical a laAlways Patsy Cline,where he took pop country music and let two ladies have their way with it. They become best friends in the process, compared toThelma and Louise. Currently onstage at the Hudson in Hollywood,Honky Tonk Laundryis a big audience winner due to its dynamic stars Bets Malone and Misty Cotton, who sing and act the bejesus out of it. Some might call it overkill with anyone else, but these two uber talents keep the audience begging for more. In Roger Bean musicals, the plot is slight and overshadowed by the fun musical numbers and silly dia

BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at the Ahmanson Makes for Exhilarating TheatreBWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at the Ahmanson Makes for Exhilarating Theatre
August 7, 2017

What a deliciously exciting and provocative evening in the theatre!The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon's novel, comes to vivid life as a play within a play with a fascinating array of visual effects, a dynamite ensemble and a remarkable performance by Adam Langdon under the skilled direction of Marianne Elliott. It graces the Ahmanson stage through September 10 only.

BWW Review: I'M NOT FAMOUS Is a Pulsating Musical Journey with Astounding Barbara MinkusBWW Review: I'M NOT FAMOUS Is a Pulsating Musical Journey with Astounding Barbara Minkus
July 24, 2017

Barbara Minkus is a dynamically talented singer/actress who commands the stage inI'm Not Famous, her latest and most complete autobiographical show. She just finished a sold-out run at the Santa Monica Playhouse where she got extended twice. I believe the show is slated to travel across country and on to New York. It definitely should, as this story is so well honed, and has universal appeal and great meaning for anyone who has ever gotten stuck along the way to fulfilling one's dreams. Minkus goes back to age 3 when she sang for the first time in Chicago. Her father owned a famous department store. She called her mother a shoplifter because they had a room in their house named the Instant Gift Room. Mom would fill it with toys, clothes and anything else she could find at the store and keep them on hand for family birthdays, bar

BWW Review:Broadway's James Snyder Performs Engaging SOLILOQUYBWW Review:Broadway's James Snyder Performs Engaging SOLILOQUY
July 24, 2017

Actor/singerJames Snyderpremiered his touring cabaret showSoliloquyat the Catalina Jazz Club under the prolific bannerChris Isaacson PresentsThursday July 20.Snyder is one of those handsome Broadway leading men whose magnetic appeal is greatly assisted not only by boyish charm but more importantly by an infectiously off beat sense of humor, unpredictability...and... he has one of the most beautifully powerhouse tenor/baritone voices onstage anywhere. I can only think of one or two otherswho fillthe bill as completely well as Snyder.

BWw Interview: Carmen Cusack on SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIMBWw Interview: Carmen Cusack on SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
July 20, 2017

Actress/singer Carmen Cusack has graced stages across the country with her beautiful singing voice in the latest revival of South Pacific and more recently in LA at the Wallis Annenberg in Scorsese: Requiem for an American Dream. She took time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about Sondheim on Sondheim a brand new concert, of which she is a part, to be presented at the Hollywood Bowl this Sunday July 23.

BWW Interview: Tracy Nicole Chapman Rehearsing SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Interview: Tracy Nicole Chapman Rehearsing SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! at Pasadena Playhouse
July 19, 2017

Actress/singer Tracy Nicole Chapman is best known for originating the role of Shenziin the Broadwayproduction of The Lion King. She also appeared on Broadway in The Who's Tommy, Caroline, or Change andCy Coleman's The Life. Other theatre credits include the Broadway revivalsof How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Music Man, and Into the Woods. She also toured with Jelly's Last Jam, Dreamgirlsand Once on This Island. She is about to star in a world premiere musical Shout, Sister, Shout! about the life of gospel singer Rosetta Tharpe. Chapman took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about the musical and playing Rosetta Tharpe.

BWW Interview: Playwright Brian J. Polak In ROAD PLAYWRIGHTS' FESTIVALBWW Interview: Playwright Brian J. Polak In ROAD PLAYWRIGHTS' FESTIVAL
July 19, 2017

This year's festival will include a 50/50 parity of male and female playwrights and runs Sunday, July 3Oththrough Sunday, August 6that The Road on Lankershim, in the Historic Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood at 5108 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood and at The Road on Magnolia at 10747 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood at the NoHo Arts Colony! We will feature spotlights on all the playwrights of full length and one act plays over the next few weeks. This week the spotlight shines on Brian James Polak, author of the full-length play Henry and the Hippocampus*.

BWW Review: Dynamic Kay Cole Soars with SOUVENIRBWW Review: Dynamic Kay Cole Soars with SOUVENIR
July 17, 2017

It is great to see an artist ofKay Cole's caliber perform her very first solo cabaret at a later stage of life. This woman has done TV, film, Broadway, national tours; she has directed both musicals and plays, choreographed...and now has releasedSouvenir,her very first solo CD and achieved a glorious cabaret debut at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal on Sunday July 16. The show also calledSouvenir, which ran under an hour, was directed by Cole's long-time friend the wonderful Bruce Kimmel and musically directed by the fabulous John Boswell, who accompanied her on the piano throughout. Kay Cole has a lot to tell about her life and care

BWW Review: Cabrillo Takes Us Back to Neverland with a Delightful PETER PANBWW Review: Cabrillo Takes Us Back to Neverland with a Delightful PETER PAN
July 17, 2017

Cabrillo, Thousand Oaks/directed by Yvette Lawrence/choreographed by Cheryl Baxter/through July 23 Peter Panis a story filled with wonderment, and a total joy to behold onstage. Children of all ages love the idea of being able to fly and to live freely, without attachments or responsibilities. With the right casting, the show is pure magic. Now onstage through July 23 at Cabrillo Music Theatre, soon to be renamed 5 Star Theatricals,Peter Pan will never grow up, thank heavens! In this case there is not a famous star attached to the role.Carly Braccois an immmensely talented singer, dancer, and actress who toured extensively with Cathy Rigby and played Wendy. She brings so much of herself to the role and is so much fun to watch, that nothing is lacking, making thisPeter Pana first class production.

BWW Interview: Road Member Ann Hearn Submits One Act to the PLAYWRIGHTS' FESTIVALBWW Interview: Road Member Ann Hearn Submits One Act to the PLAYWRIGHTS' FESTIVAL
July 13, 2017

This year's festival will include a 50/50 parity of male and female playwrights and runs Sunday, July 3Oththrough Sunday, August 6that The Road on Lankershim, in the Historic Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood at 5108 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood and at The Road on Magnolia at 10747 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood at the NoHo Arts Colony! We will feature spotlights on all the playwrights of full length and one act plays over the next few weeks. This week the spotlight shines on Ann Hearn, author of the one act Requiem for Stuart*.

BWW Review: Rutanya Alda's MOMMIE DEAREST DIARY a Delicious and Honest Behind the Scenes Look at the 1981 FilmBWW Review: Rutanya Alda's MOMMIE DEAREST DIARY a Delicious and Honest Behind the Scenes Look at the 1981 Film
July 11, 2017

Remember the 1981 film of Christina Crawford's bookMommie Dearest? Do you remember the actress who played Crawford's invaluable and devoted assistant Carol Ann? It wasRutanya Alda,and she's written a day by day diary of the filming of this cult classic. How delicious! All the gossipy dirt about Faye Dunaway and everyone else connected to the movie like Diana Scarwid, Mara Hobel, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva and director Frank Perry. Alda is honest and tells it like it was. If Dunaway was pleasant, she says so; if she was in a bitchy mood, she paints that as well.



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