The Eighth Annual Eddon Awards


Don Grigware

Don Grigware

Registered Critic, Writer


The Best of LA Theatre for 2017 by Don Grigware

There are undoubtedly other productions worthy of merit in 2017 which I did not cover. This list is based solely on what I saw and reviewed.

  • Alphabetical listings; Equity, Equity-waiver & Non-Equity productions are mixed
  • Artists performing outside LA may be included in performance categories
  • No set, costume, technical awards. I leave those to the bigger awards and to the expertise of those who really know those fields inside out.
  • Don't take these choices too seriously. After all, it's just one man's opinions.
  • This year I have trimmed down categories to include a smaller number of winners in each. I have also separated plays and performances into Large Space and Small Space.

BEST PRODUCTION in a Large Space

Hamilton - Pantages Theatre
The Red Shoes - Ahmanson Theatre
Something Rotten - Ahmanson Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Ahmanson Theatre
Head of Passes - Mark Taper Forum (MTF)
Heisenberg - MTF
Oklahoma - 3D Theatricals
Kiss of the Spider Woman - Welk Resorts Theatre. Escondido
Cagney - Debbie Reynolds Mainstage at the El Portal
Driving Miss Daisy - Colony

BEST PERFORMANCE - Large Space

Ensemble - Pantages Theatre
Carmen Cusack - Bright Star, Ahmanson Theatre
Phylicia Rashad - Head of Passes
Mary Louise Parker/Denis Arndt - Heisenberg
Ensemble - Oklahoma
Richard Bermudez, Jeffrey Scott Parsons, Natalie Nucci - Kiss of the Spider Woman
Robert Creighton and Ensemble - Cagney
Donna Mills and Ensemble - Driving Miss Daisy
Tyne Daly/Robert Forrester - Chasing Mem'ries, Geffen Playhouse
Al Pacino, Judith Light, Miles Gaston Villanueva - God Looked Away - Pasadena Playhouse
LaChanze - Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Carly Bracco - Peter Pan - Cabrillo Music Theatre

BEST DIRECTOR - Large Space

Thomas Kail - Hamilton
Andy Blankenbuehler - choreographer

BEST PRODUCTION in a Small Space

Lost in Yonkers - Group rep
Stupid Kid - The Road Theatre Company
Separate Tables - Theatre 40
The Man Who Came to Dinner - Actors Co-op
The 39 Steps - Actors Co-op
Frida: Stroke of Passion - Macha Theatre

BEST PERFORMANCE - Small Space

Bennett Saltzman, Roslyn Cohn, Loraine Shields - Lost in Yonkers
Taylor Gilbert and Rob Nagle & Ensemble - Stupid Kid
Roslyn Cohn and Diana Angelina - Separate Tables
Ensemble - Man Who Came to Dinner/39 Steps
Odalys Nanin - Frida: Stroke of Passion

BEST DIRECTOR - Small Space

Cameron Watson - Stupid Kid

BEST NEW PRODUCTION

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - La Jolla Playhouse

UNIQUE or SPECIAL EVENTS

An Evening of Classic Broadway - Rockwell Table and Stage
Freddy - LA City College in association with the Fountain Theatre
An Evening with Debbie Reynolds - El Portal Mainstage

BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: MALE

James Snyder - Soliloquy - Catalina Jazz Club
Levi Kreis - Broadway at the Keys - LGBT Center
Robert Yacko - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

BEST CABARET/CONCERT ARTIST: FEMALE

Kay Cole - Souvenir - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal
Donna McKechnie - Same Place, Another Time - Catalina Jazz Club
Jean Louisa Kelly - For My Folks - Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal

BEST CDs

Lyn Stanley - The Moonlight Sessions
Levi Kreis - Broadway at the Keys
Robyn Spangler - Something Cool, The Billy Barnes Sessions
Calabria Foti - In the Still of the Night
Rebecca Spencer - Still, Still, Still

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!