Registered Critic: 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 contributed to BWW for over 10 years and 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 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. Let's brave COVID-19 and come out strong and healthy! Stay tuned for more fun and games!
May

Marilyn, Mom & Me (Hollywood)

Outstanding virtual reading of a new play by Luke Yankee Marilyn, Mom & Me about the friendship of Eileen Heckart and MM on the set of Bus Stop. Wonderful cast led by Laura Gardner and sensitive direction from Yankee.

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Mar

This Side Of Crazy

Brilliant writing and direction from Del Shores and sensational performances from Sharon Garrison, Bobbie Eakes, Dale Dickey and Rachel Sorsa. Don't miss this laugh.out.loud dramedy about Southern women who enjoy making life miserable for one another.

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Feb

Hamlet The Rock Musical

This new musical will astound you with its bright, upbeat music and brilliant ensemble. Payson Lewis and Kevin Bailey lead the way in opening the doors to this Shakespearean classic, presented in a whole new light. Young and old audiences alike are loving it.

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Feb

Joanna Gleason: Out of the Eclipse

Joanna Gleason has beautifully written, directed and performed in this exquisite show about coping with the deaths of her parents in 2017. She sings sublimely with a terrific trio the Moontones and with her husband Chris Sarandon as special guest. There is something for everyone to relate to in this show.

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Feb

Bobby Bennett

Bennett returns in fine style to Sterling's for the first time in 8 years. The show really takes off with hits by Barry Manilow and many others including Johnny Mathis. "The Twelfth of Never" is rarely heard and wonderfully presented.

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Feb

CANCELED - A BODY OF WATER

A marvel of a play. Blessing's insights into human perception are truly brilliant. This is an amazing cast of three with stellar direction from Nan McNamara.

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Feb

IN MY MIND'S EYE

Bruce Kimmel finely directs one of Doug Haverty's early plays about a young girl and a woman who are legally blind. He captures blindness in a whole new light by letting us see the person for who she is from the inside out. There is some character confusion at first, but once this is resolved, there is much to enjoy with a dynamic cast.

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Jan

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

Heidi Schreck has written a play that must be seen. Women are not protected under the law of the fourteenth amendment and the fight for equality goes on.

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Dec

DISNEY'S FROZEN

This is Disney's answer to Wicked, which is a show I much prefer musically. However, the performances are wonderful, there is much heart, and if you are in to technology and special effects, Frozen is a winner.

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Dec

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE

Sensational artistry on display. The ballet of male swans on the lake is breathtaking. Bourne has done it again, taking everyone on a magical ride to the heavens. Tchaikovsky's music is so powerful.

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Nov

SUMMER - THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL

High on entertainment value and a must for Donna Summer fans, the book needs work. We are treated to glimpses of Summer's life and career, but scenes need to be fleshed out more. Donna Summer is the Disco Queen and deserves more than this.

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Oct

The Music Man

The Music Man is what great musical theatre is all about. Adam Pascal breathes new life into Harold Hill with superior direction from Larry Raben, amazing choreography from Peggy Hickey and great musical direction from Brad Ellis. The entire cast is magnificent.

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Oct

IN TROUSERS

An intriguing musical of the 70s written by William Finn. It is the first musical to deal with homosexuality as a lifestyle. Even though fast paced, frenetic actually, the music is real and engrossing. The performances from the four actors are amazing.

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Oct

ANASTASIA

A brilliant look at the fact based story of the Romanov dynasty of Russia and whether Grand Duchess Anastasia survived the execution of the family by the Bolsheviks in 1917. Cast headed by Lila Coogan are superb and the projection design by Aaron Rhyne is amazing putting you right in the middle of St. Petersburg and Paris.

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Oct

"I Wanna Be Evil: The Story of Eartha Kitt"

Janelle Lynn Randall gives a lasting impression of the passion and heartache that was the one of a kind Eartha Kitt. Looking and sounding like her, Randall is an outstanding performer who will leave her mark just as Kitt did.

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Oct

LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS

John Leguizamo is a brilliant talent, but beware his humor is raw and not for young children. Leave the kiddies at home. You will laugh out loud at the characters he creates and what he has to say about reeducating America about Latino history.

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Oct

Skintight

Joshua Harmon's ode to a dysfunctional Jewish family, who reunite for the father's 70th birthday. Harry Groener is sensational as the father who has turned gay and so is Idina Menzel as the skrewed up daughter bent on destroying her father's happiness as well as her own and that of her son. Spectacular cast and superior writing.

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Oct

GRUMPY OLD MEN: THE MUSICAL

A wonderful night out for laughs and mirth. It has a splendid cast led by Hal Linden, who is delightful as a horny grandpa and Cathy Rigby as Punk, an unusually funny little country bumpkin who sees life from a different angle.

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Aug

OTHERWISE ENGAGED

Director Linda Alznauer has led this production with exceeding caution, paying attention to every detail. Michael Robb as Simon is superb, leading a wonderful ensemble. Simon Gray's writing is bold, astute and fun. Chris Winfield's set is on target for a London flat in 1975.

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Aug

LOOSE KNIT

Theresa Rebeck is a glorious playwright. Unexpected encounters arise filled with diabolical humor. The seven actors are sensational under L Flint Esquerra's fluid direction.

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