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 tenth 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 2018 and beyond for more fun and games!



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Posted: Oct. 23, 2018


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Posted: Nov. 13, 2018


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Posted: Oct. 29, 2018


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BWW Review: Sweet, Lovely One-Act Musical IN A BOOTH AT CHASEN'S Bows at the El PortalBWW Review: Sweet, Lovely One-Act Musical IN A BOOTH AT CHASEN'S Bows at the El Portal
November 13, 2018

In a Booth at Chasen's/The Real-Life Hollywood Romance of Ron and Nancy Reagan/book by Sam Bennett/music and lyrics by Al Kasha and Phil Swann/directed by Kay Cole/El Portal Theatre, Debbie Reynolds Mainstage/through December 16 Hollywood romances come and go, but certainly not that of Ron and Nancy Reagan. Those of us who witnessed Reagan's rise from movie actor in the 40s to president of SAG, then on to Governor of California and eventually to President of the United States where he served two terms from 1981 to 1989, know that he was not always the greatest politician...but certainly in comparison to today's standards, a good man...one who honestly loved his country. Nancy Davis had been a B actress in films and, it is often said, ran the White House for her husband during the 80s. We know the politics of those latter years and the rumors; what we do not know is how their relationship began...In a Booth at Chasen'srestaurant in 1949. Now in a one-act musical that world premiered Sunday November 11 on the El Portal Mainstage,In a Booth at Chasen'splays on unti

BWW Review: Pantages Has an Audience Grabber in A BRONX TALEBWW Review: Pantages Has an Audience Grabber in A BRONX TALE
November 12, 2018

Based on the 1993 hit film, the stage musicalA Bronx Talehas two of the movie's stars collaborating behind the scenes ... with a book by Chazz Palminteri, who played Sonny on film and Robert De Niro directing with Jerry Zaks. De Niro played Lorenzo onscreen, Calogero's father. Like the film this show is an instant hit with audiences who savor and take to heart the Sicilian lifestyle. This well cast and well directed national tour plays the Hollywood Pantages through November 25.

BWW Interview: Bruce Kimmel and Doug Haverty Discuss A CAROL CHRISTMASBWW Interview: Bruce Kimmel and Doug Haverty Discuss A CAROL CHRISTMAS
November 8, 2018

On November 16, a new musical version of A Christmas Carol entitled A Carol Christmas will open at Group Rep in North Hollywood. Doug Haverty wrote the book and Bruce Kimmel, the music and lyrics. Kimmel is also the director. In the conversation that follows both men discuss the new piece. Bruce Kimmel, what are your challenges in directing this piece?

BWW Review: Geffen's Incredible CHRISTMAS CAROL Is Not To Be MissedBWW Review: Geffen's Incredible CHRISTMAS CAROL Is Not To Be Missed
November 8, 2018

A Christmas Carol/by Charles Dickens/adapted by Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons, Michael Arden/directed by Michael Arden/Geffen Playhoous/Gil Cates Theater/through December 16 Another version ofA Christmas Carolyou moan? Well, take my word for it, you have never seen a produciton of the Dickensian classic quite like the one currently onstage at the Geffen Playhouse mainstage Gil Cates Theater. Adapted by the brilliant actor playing every role Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons and brilliant director Michael Arden,A Christmas Carolbecomes the perfect transition from Halloween, Dia de los Muertos

BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME Makes a Lovely Holiday GiftBWW Review: SHE LOVES ME Makes a Lovely Holiday Gift
November 5, 2018

She Loves Mebook by Joe Masteroffmusic by Jerry Bocklyrics by Sheldon Harnickbased on a play Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlodirected &choreographed by Cate CaplinActors Co-opDavidSchall Theatrethrough December 16 Classic plays and musicals usually hold up well if the book and music are strong and relevant.She Loves Mehas its corny moments and is dated, but is so bent on love and the romantic side of life, we buy into its premise and come away entertained. Currently onstage at Actors Co-op through December 16,She Loves Mereceives flawless direction from Cate Caplin and may boast a deliciously inviting ensemble of players.

BWW Review: Candlelight's Treat for Halloween: a Delicious ADDAMS FAMILYBWW Review: Candlelight's Treat for Halloween: a Delicious ADDAMS FAMILY
October 29, 2018

The Addams Family, whose Broadway run was clouded with negative reviews and less than powerful performances from its two talented stars Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, is receiving a handsome revival at Candlelight Pavilion.. Director Chuck Ketter puts the kookyAddams Familythrough their diliriously divergent moves through November 24.

BWW Interview: Cate Caplin Discusses SHE LOVES MEBWW Interview: Cate Caplin Discusses SHE LOVES ME
October 25, 2018

Cate Caplinhas produced, directed and choreographed over 200 productions and her work has been seen on television, in films, music videos, commercials and in theatrical venues world wide from the Paris Opera House to the Broadway Stage. She is a 34 timesRegional andInternational Theatrical Ballroom Dance Champion, is a published writer and has been the recipient of a Garland Award, a Women In Theatre Red Carpet Award, multiple LA Stage Alliance Ovation, Eddon and Scenie Awards and washonored to receivean Award of Excellence from the LA Film Commission for her work as a Writer, Director, Choreographer and Producer.

BWW Review: MTW First Regional Look at BRIGHT STARBWW Review: MTW First Regional Look at BRIGHT STAR
October 23, 2018

Steve Martin's and Edie Brickell'sBright Starplayed Broadway in 2016. The show fared somewhat well, but did not seem to be an overall critics' choice. On the minus side, it is an all too familiar story about a backwoods pregnant girl and parental abuse in the 1920s, with far-fetched resolutions and a sweet, but for many, saccharine ending. In spite of this, I was delighted with the bluegrass music by Martin and Brickell.

BWW Review: LA Mirada Welcomes Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESSBWW Review: LA Mirada Welcomes Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
October 22, 2018

gatha Christie's classicMurder on the Orient Expresswas a hit movie in 1974 with an all star cast headed by Albert Finney as detective Hercule Poirot. Now adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig, in its West Coast premiere,Murder...bows at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts directed with taut precision by Sheldon Epps and featuring a stellar ensemble. It plays through November 11 only.

BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Delivers Caring and a Sense of Community to Ahmanson AudiencesBWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Delivers Caring and a Sense of Community to Ahmanson Audiences
October 22, 2018

Have you ever told a lie or fabricated a story that made you feel important and needed in the lives of others? And one that brought happiness to those other people creating a better sense of community? Such is the premise forDear Evan Hansen, the winner of six 2016 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Currently at the Ahmanson through November 25,Dear Evan Hansenis a big box office hit. Splendidly directed by Michael Greif, the cast of eight turn in indelibly gripping performances. Based on an incident that music composer Benj Pasek experienced in high sch

Interview: Playwright Ken LudwigInterview: Playwright Ken Ludwig
October 16, 2018

Playwright Ken Ludwig has gained tremendous popularity over the last few decades. His hysterical Lend Me a Tenor is performed all over the world and translated into a multitude of languages.His stage adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express is about to open October 20 at the La Mirada Performing Arts Center in its West Coast premiere. Ludwig took time out of a super busy schedule to talk about the play and other highlights of his career.

BWW Review: Kiki Ebsen Presents a Rich Tribute to Her Dad Buddy EbsenBWW Review: Kiki Ebsen Presents a Rich Tribute to Her Dad Buddy Ebsen
October 15, 2018

To Dad With Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsenwritten & performed by Kiki EbsenTheatre West12, 13, 14 ONLYCLOSED A one person show in honor of a parent is from experience full of vengeful loathing or in reverse complete adulation.My father raped and abused me as a girl; I cannot bear the torment any longer...or My father led an exemplary life; it is not easy to live up to his high standards.Many fall in the middle...my dad did have his flaws but persevered with stamina and an unforgettably joyous spirit. The latter is the case withBuddy Ebsen.His daughterKiki Ebsenlooks back fondly and peppers her fascinating anecdotes with the music of her father's era, as well as a myriad of photos and film clips from his checkered film career and more successful TV shows.To Dad with Love, A Tribute to Buddy Ebsenplayed Theatre West this past weekend to packed enthusiastic houses.

BWW Interview: Monica Mancini Talks About a Tribute to Her Dad at the SorayaBWW Interview: Monica Mancini Talks About a Tribute to Her Dad at the Soraya
October 4, 2018

On Saturday October 13 there will be a special tribute concert to the music of Henry Mancini at the Soraya at Cal State Northridge. Monica Mancini, the icon's daughter, took time from her busy schedule to tell us about the event.

BWW Review: D. Scott Eads Brings LEGACY IN THE KEY OF BING to Sterling'sBWW Review: D. Scott Eads Brings LEGACY IN THE KEY OF BING to Sterling's
October 2, 2018

Legacy in the Key of Bingcan only mean the affable, buoyant Bing Crosby who swooned millions of people on the radio with only his voice. D. Scott Eads has been a fan of Crosby since his childhood, growing up in West Virginia, and with his clean good looks and smooth vocal instrument is the ideal choice to replicate the icon's music. On Sunday September 30, Eads brought his lovely show to Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal with a sold out house well in advance of the performance. Backed by a four piece band with expert musical director Rich Eames at the piano, and with special guest stars Laura Dickinson and Will Collyer, the show took off from the top and hit the ground running.

BWW Review: Life Is a Banquet as MTG Presents a Delicious MAMEBWW Review: Life Is a Banquet as MTG Presents a Delicious MAME
September 25, 2018

Jerry Herman's second great triumph following the success ofHello Dolly!wasMamein 1966and a triumphant Broadway debut for Tony winning Angela Lansbury. Based on Patrick Dennis' memoir of his wildly eccentric aunt, the story lent itself beautifully to Herman's upbeat score. It is rarely revived, and thanks to the Musical Theatre Guild, who do fully staged readings of old or lesser known musicals, we got a lovely presentation on Sunday September 23 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.

BWW Review: Candlelight Pavilion Presents an Engaging BONNIE & CLYDEBWW Review: Candlelight Pavilion Presents an Engaging BONNIE & CLYDE
September 25, 2018

Bonnie & Clyde/book by Ivan Menchell/music by Frank Wildhorn; lyrics by Don Black/directed by Victor Hernandez/music director: Ryan O'Connell/Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, Claremont/through October 14 When people read that the violent story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow was musicalized in 2009, they cringe at the thought of it making a decent musical. But it is, and much more than just decent. It's really quite wonderful in every way.

BWW Review: ROPE Fascinates at Actors Co-opBWW Review: ROPE Fascinates at Actors Co-op
September 24, 2018

In 1948 Alfred Hitchcock directed the filmRopebased on Patrick Hamilton's 1929 play. Its setting was switched from London to New York, and at least for me, the psychological crime story played out in a very talky, uninteresting manner. The stage play, by the way, is rarely produced. Currently onstage at Actors Co-op,Ropeis a fun, delightful romp through a game of murder that perks attention from the moment it starts, and thanks to brilliant director Ken Sawyer and his outstanding cast, it's a riveting and enjoyable evening in the theatre, far, far ahead of that Hitchcok movie. I hate the wordp

BWW Interview: Ken Sawyer Talks About Mounting ROPE at Actors Co-opBWW Interview: Ken Sawyer Talks About Mounting ROPE at Actors Co-op
September 19, 2018

Director Ken Sawyer is an award-winning director for his productions of Deathtrap and Hit the Wall a few years ago at the LGBTQ Center. He is getting ready to open The Rope at Actors Co-op this Friday September 21. Sawyer took time from the busy tech week to discuss the play that became one of Alfred Hitchcock's curious films. How does The Rope in play form differ from Hitchcock's movie? Hitchcock's movie took place in the 40s in New York City. The play originally was set

BWW Interview: Mark Kemble Talks BEAUTY QUEEN OF LENANEBWW Interview: Mark Kemble Talks BEAUTY QUEEN OF LENANE
September 13, 2018

Mark Kemble is an award-winning writer/director from Providence, Rhode Island. He has written and directed over twenty stage productions in Providence, Los Angeles and New York. He is about to open Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Lenane at studio/stage in East Hollywood.

BWW Interview: Creators Discuss FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE Opening Tonight at the WhitefireBWW Interview: Creators Discuss FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE Opening Tonight at the Whitefire
September 13, 2018

FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE opens tonight at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks and runs every Thursday. Co-Creators Mona Z. Smith and Traci Mariano chat with us about the play and their collaboration. Written by Steve Peterson You live on opposite coasts and have worked together before. How did you meet and how did this partnership come to be?



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