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. 11, 2019


BWW Review: Crown City Theatre Excels with EARNESTBWW Review: Crown City Theatre Excels with EARNEST
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BWW Review: The Controversy Regarding LOVE NEVER DIESBWW Review: The Controversy Regarding LOVE NEVER DIES
Posted: Apr. 10, 2018


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BWW Review: World Premiere SOFT POWER Must Be Seen
May 20, 2018

Soft Power/play and lyrics by David Henry Hwang/music & additionaal lyrics by Jeanine Tesori/directed by Leigh Silverman/choreographed by Sam Pinkleton/music supervisor - Chris Fenwick/Ahmanson Theatre/through June 10 When was the last time you listened to or watched the musicalThe King and Iand really zeroed in on it from a cultural perspecive? In the world premiere play/musicalSoft Powernow onstage at the Ahmanson through June 10The King and Iis referenced throughout.

BWW Review: Jackie Hoffman Exudes Versatility in MEMOIRCITA!
May 14, 2018

Bold and brassy? Yes. Loud and raucous? At times! But...Jackie Hoffmanis terribly, terribly talented and self-deprecating. Let's add juicy and mirthful! In her one-woman showMemoircita!, which played three performances at LGBT's Renberg Theatre this past weekend, Hoffman doled out more dish than gay audiences could ever dream of ... about her unhappy life, checkered career, whacky view of the world, and of course not excluding working with the brilliant and condescending Jessica Lange onFeud: Bette and Joanon fxtv. Her diaryMemoircita!wasthehighlight.

BWW Interview: Director Richard Israel Talks VIOLET an Extraordinary Musical at Actors Co-op
May 8, 2018

Director Richard Israel is returning to Actors Co-op to helm the musical Violet. At the Co-op he has previously directed Our Town, The Baker's Wife and 110 In The Shade (LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award Winner for Outstanding Musical in an Intimate Venue), among others. Most recently, Richard was the Theatrical Coordinator for the multiple Emmy-award winning HBO series Big Little Lies, directing all of the Avenue Q sequences in the series. Regional theatre credits include West Side Story, Rent and Floyd Collins (LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards for Direction and Outstanding Musical in a Large Venue) for McCoy-Rigby Ent.; Kiss Me Kate and Once Upon A Mattress for Cabrillo Music Theatre; the multiple Ovation award-nominated Having It All for the Laguna Playhouse; and Meet Me In St. Louis for MTW. Intimate theatre productions include Bronies The Musical, The Burnt Part Boys, The Full Monty, Avenue Q, Gypsy, Assassins, Big The Musical and the world premiere of Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins. As a resident director for the Musical Theatre Guild, he has directed Women On The Verge, Do I Hear A Waltz, Road Show, High Fidelity and many others. He is recipient of the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Career Achievement in Directing. Tell our readers about the musical Violet.

BWW Interview: Playwright Jane Anderson Discusses the Relevance of THE BABY DANCE: MIXED a the Rubicon
May 7, 2018

Playwright Jane Anderson was revered for the Baby Dance and is currently represented at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura with the Baby Dance: Mixed. In our conversation she tells us about the urgency of the updated, practically new play. Will you talk at length about the play and why the update at this time? I wrote the original Baby Dance in 1989 and the main theme of the play was about the class divide in America - white America, that is.The adopting couple from Los Angles were affluent, educated and liberal. The birth couple were desperately poor, uneducated and living in a trailer park in the south. Both couples were white and the conflict between them was cultural and economic. Many years later, Jenny Sullivan, who directed the or

BWW Interview: Jackie Hoffman Comes West with MEMOIRCITA!
May 7, 2018

Actress/stand-up Jackie Hoffman took the world by storm with her electric performance as Mamacita in Feud: Bette & Joan last year on Fox TV. She has since played in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway and is now bringing her new one-woman showMemoircita!to the LGBT Center May 11-13. Hoffman took time from her busy schedule to give us the dope on what to look for in her new show. We all loved you as Mamacita in Feud: Bette and Joan. Was this a difficult characterization for you? If so, describe how?

BWW Interview: Ari Stidham Discusses Directing SOLO MUST DIE: A MUSICAL PARODY
May 1, 2018

You may know Ari Stidham best as genius Sylvester Dodd on CBS's 'Scorpion' fourth season just completed, or possibly as Ian Schonfeld from ABC Family's 'Huge'. Other TV credits include 'Insecure', 'Mick and Molly', and 'Glee'. You may also know his music which he releases as DRTV. Ari has also produced films that have premiered at Fangoria Fear Con ('Curse of the Siren') and Sundance ('Clara's Ghost'). Original plays include Theatricus Americanus (Pack) and Dick Duquesne Radio Plays (Open Space). As director, he is currently rehearsing Solo Must Die: A Musical Parody to play the Hudson Backstage Theatre beginning Friday May 4.

BWW Review: Candlelight Pavilion Is SINGIN' Joyously IN THE RAIN
May 1, 2018

Here's the scoop for those newer generation theatre and movie fans who do not remember 1952's blockbuster hit filmSingin' in the Rain.Directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green and costars Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds all contributed to making it the smash that it was... and still is...on cable like TCM. The zany lightweight hit transferred to the stage in the early 80s and showed the craziness that may have happened when the big movie studios were transitioning fromsilentstotalkiesin the late 20s. Now in a fun-filled revival at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, it's all brought back to vibrant theatrical life by skilled director DJ Gray and a delicious company of triple threats through June 2.

BWW Review: 5-Star Theatricals' HUNCHBACK On Top of the World
April 23, 2018

The Hunchback of Notre Dame/book by Peter Parnell/lyrics by Stephen Schwartz/music by Alan Menken/directed by Misti B. Wills/choreographed by Michelle Elkin/musical director: Dan Redfeld/5-Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre), Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks/through April 29 ONLY Victor Hugo's monumental romantic/gothic novelThe Hunchback of Notre Dame,published in 1831,centers in, around and on top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The musical of the same name written by Peter Parnell, Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken, a regional revival at 5 Star Theatricals in Thousand Oaks, presents the cathedral interior and exterior with the belltower and bells dominating the scene. This touring set represents the entire world of bellringer Quasimodo (Will North), who lives like a prisoner, confined within its walls.

BWW Interview: Will North Discusses HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
April 17, 2018

Artistic director of Cabrillo Music Theatre Will North is doing double duty as he is playing Quasimodo in the next production The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Musical, set to open in Thousand Oaks Friday April 20. North sat down and talked about how much the role and musical mean to him.

BWW Review: Ira Levin's Popular DEATHTRAP Revives Once More
April 16, 2018

Broadway had one of its greatest commercial hits andthelongest running comedy-thriller with Ira Levin'sDeathtrap in 1978, and it was later on film in 1982 with Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve. LikeSleuth before it,Deathtrapmakes a game out of murder with plot twists too numerable to mention, and adds just a small amount of comedy to make it all palatable. It's a play within a play, making it doubly intriguing to watch. Now on stage at Group rep, this new production of the classic is sturdy with fine direction from Jules Aaron and a top notch cast.

BWW Review: Solid WEST SIDE STORY at GCT
April 16, 2018

West Side Story/book by Arthur Laurents/music by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim/directed by Danny Michaels and Orlando Alexander/choreographed by Orlando Alexander/music director: Steven Applegate/Glendale Centre Theatre (GCT)/through May 26

BWW Review: Geffen Searches for That SIGNIFICANT OTHER
April 12, 2018

One thing for sure about Joshua Harmon'sSignificant Otheris that all of the characters like to talk, nonstop, and while talking about the mundane, like dating, possible mates and themselves, they manage to be funny and serious simultaneously. Jordan Berman (Will Von Vogt) is gay and desperately seeking a partner. He has his eyes set on Will (John Garet Stoker), with whom he works, and is nothing short of obsessive in his approach to asking him out. Will is distant, and it takes Jordan a lot of effort to get

BWW Interview: Actress Jodi Kimura Talks About Her Favorite Role Bloody Mary in SOUTH PACIFIC
April 11, 2018

South Pacific plays The Soraya (formerly VPAC) at CSUN this weekendApril 13-15 and then moves to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing ArtsApril 20. We sat down with multi-talented actress Jodi Kimura who is essayingthe role of Bloody Maryin the production. As you will see, Kimura is reallyinto this role. What is it about Bloody Mary that everyone loves? She is so brash,you listen... but end up really caring about her. Well, I can't really speak for

BWW Review: MTW's NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Is a Gem
April 10, 2018

The Gershwins' Nice Work If You Can Get Itis such a smooth entertainment and a joy to watch where and whenever it plays...if the director and cast are top notch and up to a myriad of challenges. You cannot pull off farcical material unless actors are atuned to split timing and can sing and dance up a storm. You must have triple threat performers. No problem at MTW, whose 'S'Wonderful' production keeps the audience consistently applauding for more. Dependably resourceful director Larry Raben, splendid choreographer Peggy Hickey and a stellar ensemble create real 'Fascinating Rhythm' through April 22.

BWW Review: The Controversy Regarding LOVE NEVER DIES
April 10, 2018

Let's make one thing perfectly clear from the start. If you are expecting a sequel toPhantom of the OperainLove Never Dies,you may be let down. This new show that is making its American premiere in the tour across North America, after a dismal opening in London in 2010, has been rewritten and reworked many times over, and is based on Frederick Forsyth'sThe Phantom of Manhattan,not on Gaston Leroux'sLe Phantome de l'Operaupon which the firstPhantomwas based.Even Lloyd Webber stated emphatically that it is not a sequel, but a different story with the same characters.If you open your imagination and find it in your heart to believe that the Phantom and Christine consummated their love for one another by having sex and producing a son, you will enjoy much of the show. If not, and you want this production to follow the original from 1986, it will most likely not suit you.

BWW Review: Fun Evening of Adrienne Barbeau's THERE ARE WORSE THINGS I COULD DO
April 9, 2018

On Friday April 6 and Saturday April 7 actress/author/ministerAdrienne BarbeaubroughtAn Evening with Adrienne Barbeau: There Are Worse Things I Could Doto the Debbie Reynolds Mainstage Theatre of the El Portal in NoHo. Playwright Brian Christopher Williams, a good personal friend of Barbeau's, moderated the evening. For 95 minutes Barbeau and Williams sat in comfortable chairs onstage and talked about her life which began in California and then moved onto New York and back. Barbeau is still youthful and beautiful at 72 and has such warmth and honesty oozing from every pore that the audience hung on every word. The evening never lagged..The time moved too quickly and an enthusiastic Q and A followed with Barbeau still beaming.

BWW Interview: Jules Aaron Talks DEATHTRAP
April 4, 2018

ules Aaronhas directed shows at GRT includingTheParis Letter(a major critical success) andThatLovin' Feelin'(the Righteous Brothers musical that was extended and broke all house records). Aaron is the winner of over 40 awards for direction around the country (including LA Drama Critics Award, Garland Award, Bay Area Critics Award, Philadelphia Critics Award, Utah Theatre Critics Award, etc. He is bi-coastal, working frequently in fifteen California theatres including South Coast Repertory, ICT, McCoy/Rigby, Pasadena Playhouse, Odyssey Theatre (most recently directed the acclaimedTwo Fisted Love), TheatreWorks, Colony Theatre, Falcon Theatre and Theatre 40; In New York at The Public Theatre (personally developed plays with Joe Papp), Soho Rep, the Unit Theatre; regionally at the Humana Festival (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Philadelphia Theatre Co., Utah Shakespearean Theatre among many others. Aaron is currently in rehearsal forDeathtrapexpected to open at Group rep Friday April 6.

BWW Review:Crown City Theatre Delivers Agatha Christie's THE MOUSETRAP
March 27, 2018

Mystery writer Dame Agatha Christie never dreamed that her little playThe Mousetrapthat opened in 1952 would still be playing on London's West End, making it the longest running play in history. It's a favorite in high school and college drama programs and community theatre. I myself played Christopher Wren in the 70s in Massachusetts. It's popular because murder mystery fans love to sit on the edge of their seats as they try to figure out the identity of the culprit. Now in a strong production at Crown City Theatre in NoHo,The Mousetrapis alive - no pun intended - and captivating audiences through April and most likely beyond.

BWW review: Much LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR at Garry Marshall
March 26, 2018

In 1993 Neil Simon penned his experiences as a young writer forYour Show of Showson early 50s television in a play entitledLaughter on the 23rd Floor. At that time he was a novice learning from the likes of series star Sid Caesar and fellow-writers Mel Brooks, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, and Selma Diamond among others. The seven member team plus Caesar collaborated on sketch comedy that ran live weekly on NBC. Daily work was hellish with the crazies bringing their personal issues and divergent styles of expression every hour of every day to the writers' room. The sketch material was not only affected by their various personalities clouded by bold ethnic traits but also by the world around them that included the infamous attacks of McCarthyism. In the arts actors, writers, directors and other artists were endangered of being branded a communist and fired from their work. NBC foundYour Show of Showsto be too sophisticated and thereby made cuts threatening the show's existence. It was cut back to an hour. In the play Sid Caesar is Max Prince (Pat Towne), an alcoholic and drug addicted tyrant who will stop at nothing to prove his point. He fights NBC; of course, to no avail.Laughter...plays the Garry Marshall Theatre through April 22, brilliantly directed b

Actor Alex Skuby, Husband to Mo Collins, Adds His Two Cents Regarding DAMAGED FURNITURE
March 22, 2018

Actor Alex Skuby was born in Neptune, New Jersey. He moved to Chicago in 1992 and was cast in various plays with several different theater companies. In 1998 Alex moved to LA and has been in television series, films and voice-overs. Some of his credits: 'Santa Clarita Diet,' 'Bones,' 'Last Man Standing.' 'CSI,' CBS's hit sitcom 'The King of Queens' (5 seasons recurring as 'Mr. Pruzan'), recently recurring on Freeform's drama series 'The Fosters' as Detective Joe Gray. We caught up with him in rehearsal for the new play Damaged Furniture opening Saturday March 24 and running Saturdays only at the Whitefire Theatre.



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