Writer: 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!
Feb

HELLO DOLLY

Betty Buckley delivers a glorious performance. Lewis J. Stadlen as Horace is her equal. The whole show from top to bottom is first-rate.

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Feb

Matthew Bourne’s ‘Cinderella’

Matthew Bourne is a true genius. In Cinderella, set in London during WWII, the story is grim but laden with surprises and great talent.

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Nov

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

Doug Haverty and Bruce Kimmel have conceived a delightful holiday show. Listening to Kimmel’s score is pure joy.

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Nov

SHE LOVES ME

Cate Caplin has outdone herself as director of the show. Her cast is overall delightful. With a pretty score, book, despite its corny jokes, and cast, She Loves Me is great entertainment.

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Nov

BRIGHT STAR

As great as the first national tour, this MTW production boasts a riveting performance from its star Anna Mintzer. Sets and costumes are from the original production. MTW has another winner with audiences.

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Nov

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Sheldon Epps directs a thoroughly adept cast. The set alone is worth the price of admission. Go, go, go!

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Oct

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

This show is a winner. If you have a big heart, you will love the title character played exquisitely by Ben Levi Ross. Michael Greif’s direction is fast paced with smooth staging. There are several other marvelous performances including those of Jessica Phillips, Chritiane Noll and Aaron Lazar.

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Oct

ROPE

Rope is one of those thrillers that is best seen onstage. Hitchcock’s movie was far less impressive. Actors Co-op may be extremely proud of their superior cast and brilliant director Ken Sawyer.

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Sep

ROMEO AND JULIET

A fresh perspective on the Shakespeare classic placing the 16th century characters in 1930s Berlin. It works with smooth direction from Shira Dubrovner and wonderful performances particularly from Savannah Schoenecker as Juliet.

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Jul

Beauty and the Beast

Susan Egan returns triumphantly to the role she created on Broadway 25 years ago. It’s still a sweet fairytale exuding the art of true love. The music is gorgeous, particularly Tim Rice’s “If I Can’t Love Her” that gives the show its spark and real substance. The entire cast shines under the fine direction of Yvette Lawrence..

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Jul

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Most of the praise for this show goes to the director, choreographer and cast, who are all terrific. It’s an entertaining piece with a very weak book that could use some doctoring especially in Act 2.

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Jul

ON YOUR FEET

The life of Emilio and Gloria Estefan as told through their beautiful music. Sergio Trujillo’s choreography is over.the.moon sensational.

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Jul

DAMAGED FURNITURE

Like his previous play Miserable with an Ocean View, Damaged Furniture is an outrageously funny play. It will tickle your funny bone and make you root for these crazy dysfunctional Brooklynites.;

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Jun

THE HUMANS

A tour.de.force kitchen sink reality dramedy, laced with lots of real honest.to.goodness humor, about topical issues that everyone can relate to.

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Jun

Cabaret

Brilliant tour.de.force for director Michael Matthews and a splendid cast. Janet Roston’s choreography blows the roof off the tiny space.

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May

SOFT POWER

Although complex in plot and cultural differences, this play/musical has more than enough brilliance to entertain and enlighten. Those who will find it in any way offensive are either Republicans or those not willing to compromise.

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Mar

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

Stellar in every way with finely honed direction. Robert Bolt’s period piece is still relevant and is brought to vibrant life with a superb cast.

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Mar

Six Characters In Search Of A Play

Del Shores is already known as a prolific playwright and screenwriter. With Six Characters in Search of a Play we can add great character actor to the list.

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Feb

THE CAPE AND THE KLAN

It’s rare when a new play stimulates as well as entertains. The Cape and The Klan is such a play. A great fan of Superman, I laud director Stan Mazin and his fine cast. Extended through March 18.

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Feb

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

Winning musical with triple threat performances, dynamite music and a laugh-filled book. This adaptation is extra special as it is performed in a small space and, despite its scaled-down elements, is every bit as good as the national tour.

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