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: Feb. 19, 2019


BWW Review: It Is Easy To See Why ANNA KARENINA Is Rarely RevivedBWW Review: It Is Easy To See Why ANNA KARENINA Is Rarely Revived
Posted: Feb. 11, 2019


BWW Review: Crown City Theatre Excels with EARNESTBWW Review: Crown City Theatre Excels with EARNEST
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BWW Interview: Director Michael Arden Talks Upcoming ANNIE at the Hollywood BowlBWW Interview: Director Michael Arden Talks Upcoming ANNIE at the Hollywood Bowl
Posted: Jul. 16, 2018


Exclusive: Susan Egan Talks Reprising Belle In BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in CaliforniaExclusive: Susan Egan Talks Reprising Belle In BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in California
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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
Posted: Oct. 15, 2018


BWW Review: The Controversy Regarding LOVE NEVER DIESBWW Review: The Controversy Regarding LOVE NEVER DIES
Posted: Apr. 10, 2018


BWW Review: Susan Egan Returns Triumphantly to BEAUTY AND THE BEASTBWW Review: Susan Egan Returns Triumphantly to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
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BWW 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 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 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 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 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 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 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'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 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 & 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-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-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 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 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?

BWW review: Sierra Madre Playhouse Offers Brilliant Production of THE GIN GAME
September 10, 2018

D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize winningThe Gin Gamewith its focus on two elderly people in a run down nursing facility circa 1977 is rarely if ever revived in Los Angeles. Why? I'm not sure. It requires great actors, but LA does have them. Maybe it's the theme. Too depressing? No excuse! The play is a brilliant, thought-provoking work of art. On the surface it's exceedingly funny but underneath, a seriously disquieting potboiler for seniors. Loneliness, and insufficient finances for decent old age care create a bleak outlook. Currently onstage at the Sierra Madre Playhouse through October 6, real life husband and wifeAlan BlumenfeldandKatherine Jamesbeautifully play Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey under the meticulous direction ofChristian Lebano.

BWW Interview: Bert Emmett Assumes First LA Directorial Assignment for Group Rep's BREADCRUMBS
September 8, 2018

A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Bert Emmett has taught, acted in, produced, written, and directed plays for over 35 years.Bert's favorite acting roles in L.A. include Col. Armadillo in The Armadillo Necktie (Last Straw Award), Karl Lindner is A Raisin in the Sun (A Noise Within), Kanute in Don't Hug Me I'm Pregnant (Eddon Award).Other LA shows include Sherlock Through the Looking Glass, Lombardi,Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Sherlock's Last Case (Scenies Award), and Cobb.Film: 'The Forsaken," 'Alien Hunter," 'Outside Ozona," and "Our Next Caller" (with Eric Roberts). Member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA.This is Bert's directorial debut at The Group Rep. When did you get interested in directing?

BWW Review: Group Rep Presents a Fresh Perspective on ROMEO AND JULIET
September 3, 2018

Shakespeare'sRomeo and Juliethas been in our repertoire of must reads and must sees since high school. We know the storyline of the star- crossed lovers, which formed the basis for the musicalWest Side Story.The play treats of hatred between the Montagues and the Capulets. Because of the senseless family feuding, lives are lost and somehow love has gone astray. I enjoy seeing Shakespeare done in the traditional mode with 16th century sets and costumes, but am totally open to reimagined productions, as long as the poetry is in tact and the time period to which the story is assigned makes sense and shows the theme and message with clarity and intelligence..Group rep's current production directed quite nicely by Shira Dubrovner takes the audience to Berlin in the 1930s when Hitler took control and slaughtered or banished Jews from Germany.

BWW Interview: Shira Dubrovner Talks ROMEO AND JULIET at Group Rep
August 31, 2018

Director Shira Dubrovner serves as the Artistic Director of the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre and the Festival Director of the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. As a past member of the Group Repertory Theatre she is excited to be back and thankful to Larry Eisenberg and Chris Winfield for giving her the opportunity to direct R&J. Some of her favorite past directing projects include Broken Glass starring Robert Picardo, GRT productions; Sylvia, Nuts, Veronica's Room and And Then There Were None. What was the genesis of the change-up of ROMEO AND JULIET?

BWW Review: Successful Finale LA's NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR 2018
August 29, 2018

On Monday, August 27LA's Next Great StageStar 2018 Presented by Princess Cruisescame to a thrilling conclusion on the Debbie Reynolds Mainstage of the El Portal Theatre in NoHo. After a very entertaining 90-minute program in which the 10 contestants gave 150% to their monologues and songs from Broadway shows, eight contestants were eliminated and the top two finalists were selected. It was then decided, from the consensus of the judges, to add a third runnerup. Then each of the three proceeded to perform a second number after which the distinguished panel of judges made the final decision.Musical director par excellence Jennifer Lin accompanied at the piano throughout the three hour show.

BWW Review: AINT TOO PROUD Audience Grabber at Ahmanson
August 27, 2018

The jukebox musical is currently the rage with Tony nominatedSummer: The Donna Summer Musicalon Broadway andOn Your Feet! on a sell-out national tour. Des McAnuff directed and conceivedSummerand Sergio Trujillo choreographed both shows. The two men join forces once more with the tour ofAin't Too Proud, The Life and Times of the Temptationscurrently onstage at the Ahmanson Theatre through Septembret 30. Ain't Too Proudwill remin



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