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. 14, 2019


BWW Review: An Emotionally Gripping TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Candlelight PavilionBWW Review: An Emotionally Gripping TITANIC THE MUSICAL at Candlelight Pavilion
Posted: Jan. 21, 2019


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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: Group Rep Goes Deep South with LAUNDRY AND BOURBON and LONE STARBWW Review: Group Rep Goes Deep South with LAUNDRY AND BOURBON and LONE STAR
Posted: Jan. 28, 2019


BWW review: Susan Edwards Martin Knocks Her First Solo Cabaret Show Out of the ParkBWW review: Susan Edwards Martin Knocks Her First Solo Cabaret Show Out of the Park
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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
Posted: Jul. 10, 2018


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
Posted: Jul. 23, 2018


BWW Interview: Actress/Singer Desi Oakley Tells Us About Her Love Affair With WAITRESS
August 7, 2018

Broadway veteran actresssinger Desi Oakley is essaying the role of Jenna in Waitress on tour, currently at the Hollywood Pantages through August 26. Oakley took time from her busy performance schedule to discuss the show and what it means to her.

Candlelight Pavilion Presents a Swimmingly Good LITTLE MERMAID
July 30, 2018

Disney's The Little Mermaid/book by Doug Wright/music by Alan Menken/lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater/directed by John LaLonde/choreographed by Chelsea Morgan Stock/musical director: Julie Lamoureux/Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, Claremont/through September 1 Disney'sThe Little Mermaidis an entertaining treat ... it's aglow and scintillating for kids of all ages. Young kids laugh and hiss at Ursula and her mad pranks; older ones love Ariel's romantic reverie with the Prince. All the color and splendor of the ocean is onstage without water, and that has a lot to say about the creative team who strive to make us believe where we are. As technical aspects of the show are working smoothly, and splend

BWW Review: Susan Egan Returns Triumphantly to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
July 23, 2018

Disney's Beauty and the Beast/book by Linda Woolverton/music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice/originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions/directed by Yvette Lawrence/choreographed by Cheryl Baxter/musical director: Dan Redfeld/5-Star Theatricals at the Kavli Theatre of Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza/through July 29 only Without question, 'Tale as old as time' fits the message ofBeauty and the Beast,a story of true love,themost difficult to encounter. And once it's found, will it endure? Disney's adaptation of the fairy tale with its sweepingly imaginative spectacle won over even the hardest of hearts. The ani

BWW Interview: Playwright Aruna Harjani Opens WEST BOLLWOOD in Los Angeles
July 19, 2018

Famous Indian journalistplaywright Aruna Harjani has written a new comedy West Bollywood that will play at the Matrix Theatre for 4 performances only beginning July 27. Due to its controversial subject matter about two gay men, one American and one Indian - who become a couple, the play has been banned in many countries. In our conversation Harjani talks about the highlights of her illustrious career and tells of her excitement at finding what she feels is the perfect place to produce West Bollywood.

BWW Interview: Indian Playwright Aruna Harjani Talks 4 Performances Only of Controversial New Play WEST BOLLYWOOD
July 19, 2018

Famous Indian journalist/playwright Aruna Harjani has written a new comedy West Bollywood that will play at the Matrix Theatre for 4 performances only beginning July 27. Due to its controversial subject matter about two gay men, one American and one Indian - who become a couple, the play has been banned in many countries. In our conversation Harjani talks about the highlights of her illustrious career and tells of her excitement at finding what she feels is the perfect place to produce West Bollywood.

BWW Interview: Director Michael Arden Talks Upcoming ANNIE at the Hollywood Bowl
July 16, 2018

Actordirectorwriter Michael Arden needs no introduction. He was nominated for a second Tony this past season for directing the Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical Once On This Island and is the first Artist.In.Residence at the Wallis Annenberg Theatre here in Los Angeles where he has directed Spring Awakening among many other productions. In our conversation he talks about directing Annie at the Hollywood Bowl, set to open next week Friday July 27. He also explores why the classic Award-winning show is still a popular revival.

BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! Is a Happy Musical Treat at the Hollywood Pantages
July 12, 2018

Called a Jukebox Musical,On Your Feet!is so much more. It is the true story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. At 17 in 1970s Miami, Gloria Fajardo met record producer and musician extraordinaire Emilio and they fell in love at first sight. Estefan recognized Gloria's supreme singing artistry and chose her as the female vocalist in his all male Latino boy group that later grew into the Miami Sound Machine. This story, via Emilio and Gloria's music, tells a rich nd passionate story of how two unknown Cubans made it to the top, but not without tragedy and sorrow. Currently onstage at the Hollywood Pantages through July 29 only, this national touring production consists of a dynamic ensemble under the outstanding direction of Jerry Mitchell.

Exclusive: Susan Egan Talks Reprising Belle In BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in California
July 10, 2018

Triple threat performer Susan Egan is no stranger to theatre audiences. She originated Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and is now reviving it 20 years later for 5 Star Theatricals. She took time out of her busy rehearsal schedule to discuss the role and explain why it means so very much to her and her career.

BWW Review: MTW Gives Regards to YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
July 9, 2018

Previous attempts have been made to bring George M. Cohan's life to the stage. None is remembered, however, as much as the 1942 film starring James Cagney. Book writer David Armstrong has constructed a much more realistic account ofYankee Doodle Dandy, tryimg to avoid the traps of Hollywood glamor and tinsel, currently onstage at MTW Long Beach at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts through July 22 In spite of the fantastic cast and sturdy direction and scintillating choreography by James Rocco, it turns in a rather weak account of the father of the American musical comedy (1878-1942). Not that you shouldn't see it; go for the cast and the sheer entertainment value of the music alone that set the scene for Rodgers nd Hammerstein and others to follow.

BWW Review: Terribly Funny DAMAGED FURNITURE Extends Through the Summer
July 2, 2018

If you are Brooklyn born, Howard Skora's latest playDamaged Furniturewill be an instant reminder of what it was like growing up in a loud Brooklyn family. Constantly at odds with one another and in your face - father and son; mother and son; aunt and nephew; sister and brother - whatever the relationship, it doesn't matter. You're street smart, so you object, shout and yell. Based partly on his own life,DamagedFurnitureis about Skora's dad running a family furniture company ... and how he forbad his son to become an actor. Skora's first critically acclaimed hitMiserable with an Ocean Viewwas about his mother, who was ill, couldn't speak, but still dominated his life. When all is said and done, it's funny stuff even if you aren't from Brooklyn, because regardless of nationality -whether Italian or Jewish, we have all encountered parental, sibling and extended family interference. It's just a helluva lot noisier around Brooklynites.

BWW Review: GMCLA Offers Enjoyable PINK CARPET
June 25, 2018

Despite a bomb threat that caused theaudience of the Saturday matinee to be evacuated from the Alex Theatre in Glendale and the performanceto be cancelled, GMCLA persevered and went forward with the Saturday evening performance of their spectacular Pink Carpet.

BWW Review: THE HUMANS Brings Horror and Recognition to the Ahmanson
June 25, 2018

Humans fear monsters, and monsters we are told are even more scared of humans. Monsters are not real but horror really does lie in the human experience. Ask the Blakes. Losing one's job, facing illness, the worst being dementia, is a part of their lives and many others in the decaying/disappearing American middle class. In Stephen Karam's riveting play,The Humans, the Blake family gather for Thanksgiving in daughter Brigid's latest dwelling, a Chinatown New York apartment, that she shares with boyfriend Richard, some year since the devastation of September 2001 The parents and grandmother have made the long trek from Scranton, Pennsylvania; they love their children that much and of course like to meddle in their lives. Currently onstage at the Ahmanson, the Tony winning play with the original Broadway cast and directed by Joe Mantello, engages our thought processes, and is simultaneously relatable and entertaining.

BWW Review: Singular PARADE Receives Its Due Once More by 3-D Theatricals in Redondo
June 19, 2018

n 1998 when Jason Robert Brown won a Tony Award for the score of this unusually provocative musicalParade, the opulent Broadway production closed to critical acclaim, but due to excessive costs, the show remained inaccessible until the Donmar Warehouse resurrected it and produced a tight - minus the frills - mounting at the Mark Taper Forum in 2009. 3-D Theatricals, who are becoming increasingly known for their superlative skill with producing big musicals, have decided to put back many of the frills of the original and double the cast to its original size - 36, in order to enhance and give the musical the big, full-voiced chorus sound it deserves. And, in my mind, this bigger hybrid version surpasses the Taper's for its grande musical elegance and the presence of a perfectly cast lead actor in the role of Leo Frank, Jeff Skowron.

BWW Review: OMG! LEGALLY BLONDE Is Back
June 18, 2018

OMG! You mean, like, Elle Woods isn't from the San Fernando Valley, but from Malibu? Wow! And- she not only attended college locally but got into Harvard Law School? May seem a bit far-fetched or too hard to swallow, but it doesn't matter, because once you've seen Elle in action, she's irresistible: a cross between Goldie Hawn, Glinda fromWickedand a splash ofMary Poppinsthrown in for good measure. You're gonna love her, guys, in this grande spanking, freshly blossomed pink rosebud of a show. If you liked Reese Witherspoon, you will adore perky, gorgeous Callandra Olivia and everyone else in the fantastically sugar-coated rompLegally Blonde The Musicalcurrently onstage at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre.

BWW Interview: Director Doug Engalla Talks RUMORS at Group Rep
June 12, 2018

A native of San Francisco, Doug Engalla first joined The Group Rep in 1997 as an Actor; while directing projects outside of the Company. In 2007, Doug's first full-length play as Director at the Group Rep was Arsenic and Old Lace, with Rumors being his seventh production as Director there. Other directorial projects included Harvey,A Nice Family Gathering, A Nice Family Christmas, Bless Me, Father (by late Playwright and Group Rep member, Craig Alpaugh); andfour World Premieres in the Don't Hug Me musical comedy series by Phil Olson and Paul Olson. When did you first get interested in doing theatre or working on the stage?

BWW Interview: Laura Bell Bundy Talks Charity in Reprise 2's SWEET CHARITY
June 12, 2018

Actress Laura Bell Bundy is about to reopen Reprise. She will be playing the role of Charity in Sweet Charity, set to open at the Freud Playhouse, UCLA on June 20. In our chat, Bundy talks about the joy that Charity exudes, the reason she cannot wait to play her. Laura, how exciting to be playing Charity and being a part of the first show to open the new Reprise! What do you love most about the character of Charity? I love her childlike quality. Children are open, excitable, playful, optimistic, hopeful, delicate, resilient they haven't become jaded by life's trials yet and despite the trials Charity goes through, she still keeps going back for more with her head up, and her heart open.

BWW Review: World Premiere DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE Bows at LGBT Center
June 11, 2018

As part of Hollywood Fringe 2018, the world premiereDr. Jekyll & Mr. Hydebowed at LGBT in Hollywood on the smaller stage on June 9 for 10 performances. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson'sThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, this adaptation is written by Fringe veterans Burt Grinstead and Anna Stromberg who also perform the piece. Grinstead plays the dual main characters and Stromberg everyone else, including maids, professors, detectives, Sara, Jekyll's love interest and even small children. Set in London in 1865, the story takes a few twists and turns from the original, but still focuses on Jekyll's scientific study of good and evil. Grinstead and Strombeg lace their script with lots of dark humor and farce, making us question at first whether we are watching a comedy or a thriller. As the plot moves along, though, the joke lines become a naturally entertaining part of the proceedings.

BWW Interview: Actor Jeff Skowron Talks About Reviving PARADE for 3-D Theatricals
June 8, 2018

3-D Theatricals is currently reviving their Ovation winning production Parade at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. The production will end there on Sunday June 10 and next week move on to Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach opening June 15 and playing through June 24. Ovation winner Jeff Skowron talks about reviving his lead role in Parade. Jeff, what is it like doing this role again?I know as an actor you approach it fresh. What do you feel are the greatest challenges at this point in time?

BWW Review: A Masterful CABARET Revs Up the Celebration
June 5, 2018

This show is a classic in every sense of the word. Its sustained dark & forboding atmosphere of pre-Nazi Berlin and its celebrated Kander & Ebb score are but two glowing attributes. One, of course, cannot deny Bob Fosse's brilliant 1970 film, but, it was totally different from the Broadway show, as it became more of a showcase for Liza Minnelli's unique talent. And, the stage version has taken on a brand new look since the Roundabout Theatre revamped it in the 90s. This is not the original 60s Cabaret that had Joey Gray as MC onstage only for his musical numbers. Now the MC takes center stage and when he is not speaking or singing, lurks around, ecchanging glances with the other members of the ensemble.

BWW Review: Billy Porter Sizzles on the Soraya Stage with THE SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS
June 5, 2018

When you are dealing with a phenomenal talent such asBilly Porter, expect the unexpected in his performancve onstage. His Tony and Grammy winning tour.de.force as Lola inKinky Bootsis living proof. In his latest touring cabaret/concert show entitledBilly Porter: The Soul of Richard Rodgers, Porter delivers some of his own compositions along with a bevy of show tunes from the collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein that truly affected him as he was growing up in Pittsburgh. What stands out is the soul of the man who wrote music that not only moved us but changed the world. Rodgers had that kind of power...and so does Porter. His divergent and unique appearance and vocal style express passion in spades. The 90-minute set is bold, dynamic and full of the rage about resisting the current adminstration and continuing to fight for gay rights in our country.



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