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 is in his eighth 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 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 2017 for more fun and games!
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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Aug

The Spitfire Grill

Phenomenal production. Great acting and direction. Really shows a sense of community and love among inhabitants of Gillead, a small New England town.

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Aug

The Skin of Our Teeth

Willow Geer, Melora Marshall and Will Holbrook lead a dynamite cast directed by the incomparable Ellen Geer. Runs for select performances through the end of September. Be sure to check the theatre for days and times.

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Jul

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

Slapstick may get tiresome, but these actors are magicians so adept at physical comedy that they turn the stage upside down. It's a laugh.a.minute treat!

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Jul

The Skin of Our Teeth

Superb production of Thornton Wilder's wild classic. Will Holbrook, Melora Marshall, Mark Lewis and Willow Geer steal their scenes with great zest and fury. It's a winner; don't miss it!

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Jul

Nancy F***ing Reagan

Daniel Hurewitz's clean, crisp writing is the best element of this production. Acting is terrific especially from Debi Tinsley and Kiff Scholl. In spite of how angry the title sounds, there are a lot of laughs and much food for thought for those who have heretofore ignored AIDS and those gays it has deeply affected.

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Jul

Dames at Sea

Wonderful production with superb direction from Josh Finkel, flashy choreography from Jeffry Scott Parsons and a cast of 6 triple threat performers. Take a journey back in time to the great musicals of the 30s and 40s and you will exult in Dames at Sea.

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Jun

HENRY IV - Parts 1 & 2

Ron Milts directs Will Holbrook and Steven Sabel in a sturdy outdoor production. My major issues are with the play, which is far too long and repetitive. John Eddings is a big standout as Falstaff. Holbrook makes a dashing Prince Hal.

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Jun

AVENUE Q

Great show and fab production with Patrick Burke at the helm and Michele Bernath choreographing. Should be a great big hit for the Group Rep.

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