Lauren Gienow

Lauren Gienow Based out of Stratford, Ontario, Lauren is a young professional with a love of theatre. Lauren enjoys daring new productions, classic plays, and everything in-between. She is particularly fond of musical theatre, but she also has a soft spot for Shakespeare, which she studied at the university level. Lauren holds an MSc. in Occupational Therapy and is a strong advocate for the benefits of the Arts to the overall wellness and happiness of human beings. As much as she loves to perform (she is an alto sax player in a local concert band and spent her youth working as a mascot), she also takes great pleasure in sitting back and enjoying a good performance. Lauren is very excited to share reviews and features related to exciting theatrical productions in southwest Ontario and the GTA.
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BWW Reviews: POSSIBLE WORLDS at Stratford FestivalBWW Reviews: POSSIBLE WORLDS at Stratford Festival
Posted: Jul. 19, 2015


BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW  is a Must SeeBWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is a Must See
Posted: Jul. 6, 2015


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BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA'BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA'
Posted: Aug. 16, 2014


BWW Review: Stratford Festival's HAMLET is Exciting from Start to FinishBWW Review: Hamlet is Exciting from Start to Finish
Posted: May. 26, 2015


BWW Review: The Performers Rise to the Challenge in Stratford Festival's CAROUSELBWW Review: The Performers Rise to the Challenge in Stratford Festival's CAROUSEL
Posted: Jun. 1, 2015


BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM'BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM'
Posted: Aug. 18, 2014


BWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE PHYSICISTS is Delightfully DisturbingBWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE PHYSICISTS is Delightfully Disturbing
Posted: May. 31, 2015


BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber PlayBWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play
Posted: Aug. 2, 2014


BWW Reviews: POSSIBLE WORLDS at Stratford FestivalBWW Reviews: POSSIBLE WORLDS at Stratford Festival
Posted: Jul. 19, 2015


BWW Reviews: POSSIBLE WORLDS at Stratford FestivalBWW Reviews: POSSIBLE WORLDS at Stratford Festival
July 19, 2015

Stratford Festival's Production of POSSIBLE WORLDS, directed by Mitchell Cushman, opened at the Studio Theatre this week. I had the opportunity to see this play one day early, during its very last preview performance. I can assure you that this play is unlike anything else you will at the Stratford Festival this season. Thought-provoking, imaginative, and at times bizarre, this play may not be everyone's cup of tea, but anyone who sees it will certainly exit the theatre with an appreciation for the talented cast and crew who brought it to life. They will also likely find themselves thinking about it for the duration of the evening.
BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW  is a Must SeeBWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is a Must See
July 6, 2015

Shakespeare fans will be flocking to an exciting production of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW that is featured on the Festival Theatre stage at the Stratford Festival this season. Director Chris Abraham's recent contributions to the festival (particularly last season's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM) left patrons wondering what surprises he had up his sleeve for this production. Although SHREW was not altered nearly as much as MIDSUMMER was, Mr. Abraham certainly had fun with the first few scenes and also skillfully managed to find the right tone for what is one of Shakespeare's more unsettling comedies.
BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's SHE STOOPS TO CONQUERBWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER
June 24, 2015

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER opened recently at Stratford Festival's Avon Theatre. As you watch it, it quickly becomes apparent as to why this play has withheld the test of time. Laugh out loud humour, beautiful set design, and an excellent cast make for an enjoyable evening (or matinee) at the theatre.
BWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES at the Stratford Festival is Moving and FunBWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES at the Stratford Festival is Moving and Fun
June 5, 2015

THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES by William Shakespeare, and directed by Scott Wentworth, opened at Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre on Saturday night. Starring Evan Buliung as the title character, this production was moving and fun from beginning to end.
BWW Review: The Performers Rise to the Challenge in Stratford Festival's CAROUSELBWW Review: The Performers Rise to the Challenge in Stratford Festival's CAROUSEL
June 1, 2015

Stratford Festival's production of CAROUSEL opened on May 29th at the Avon Theatre. Despite an unsettling story with challenging themes, the performers in this production are able to rise to the challenge and present some of the finest song and dance that this stage has seen.
BWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK is an Honest and Stunning productionBWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK is an Honest and Stunning production
May 31, 2015

On Thursday May 29th,THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK opened at the Stratford Festival. It was an honest, stunning production that featured beautiful performances by all involved.
BWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE PHYSICISTS is Delightfully DisturbingBWW Review: Stratford Festival's THE PHYSICISTS is Delightfully Disturbing
May 31, 2015

If you happen to be coming to Stratford Festival looking for a show that makes you laugh, think, and question whether the human race is doomed-all in equal measurethen look no further than director Miles Potter's disturbingly delightful production of THE PHYSICISTS. If you did not know you were looking for a show that did those things to youwell, trust me. You are. Come see this show.
BWW Review: Stratford Festival's HAMLET is Exciting from Start to FinishBWW Review: Stratford Festival's HAMLET is Exciting from Start to Finish
May 26, 2015

HAMLET opened the 63rd season of the Stratford Festival to resounding applause at the Festival Theatre on Monday night. Directed by the Festival's Artistic Director, Antoni Cimolino, this HAMLET is exciting from start to finish. The entire ensemble shines as brightly as the light used to represent King Hamlet's ghost (Note: It is a very bright light).
BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM'BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM'
August 18, 2014

THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM, directed by Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino opened to raucous laughter and thunderous applause Friday night at the Stratford Festival. With a cast like this, I would not expect anything less. This fun and thoughtful restoration comedy by George Farquhar, presents audiences with many players, harboring many talents... leading to many laughs. Needless to say, I suspect MANY tickets will be sold.
BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA'BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's 'ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA'
August 16, 2014

William Shakespeare's ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA opened on Thursday night at Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre. Last performed at the festival in 2003, this production stars Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh as the famed Roman General and Queen of Egypt, respectively. Directed by Gary Griffin, and featuring many stellar performances, Shakespeare's perspective of this historic relationship is brought to life.
BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber PlayBWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play
August 2, 2014

From the moment the Stratford Festival production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: A CHAMBER PLAY begins, it is clear that it will be an experience unlike any production of 'Dream' you have ever seen before. In fact, it will likely be a new experience to most Stratford Festival audiences.
BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's HAY FEVERBWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's HAY FEVER
June 26, 2014

Following up on the success of last season's production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, the Stratford Festival is presenting another Noel Coward favourite this year. HAY FEVER recently opened at the Avon Theatre, and judging from the raucous laughter it produced from the opening night audience, it is likely to be a hit among theatre-goers this season.
BWW Reviews: 'SOUTH PACIFIC' at the Huron Country PlayhouseBWW Reviews: 'SOUTH PACIFIC' at the Huron Country Playhouse
June 15, 2014

Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical SOUTH PACIFIC (book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan) is currently playing at Drayton Entertainment's Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, Ontario, under the direction (and choreography) of MICHAEL LICHTEFELD and it is an absolute delight!
BWW Reviews: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Stratford Festival, is a Wild RideBWW Reviews: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Stratford Festival, is a Wild Ride
June 2, 2014

Director CHRIS ABRAHAM's production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Festival Theatre is sure to be the most talked-about production at Stratford Festival this season. This, in itself is a huge feat, as this season is full of brave and exciting productions. Not all of the talk will be positive (though much of it will be), but it will all certainly be passionate!
BWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN is an Important Play to SeeBWW Reviews: Stratford Festival's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN is an Important Play to See
June 1, 2014

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, Directed by MARTHA HENRY, and set in the 30 years war that ravaged 17th century Europe, is as moving, upsetting, and as politically relevant as everwhich is likely exactly what playwright Bertolt Brecht intended when he initially wrote it as a response to the Second World War.
BWW REVIEWS: Stratford Festival's Man of La Mancha is the Perfect EscapeBWW REVIEWS: Stratford Festival's Man of La Mancha is the Perfect Escape
May 31, 2014

The theme this season at the Stratford Festival is Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge and when it comes to choosing a musical to fit this theme, there is quite possibly no better choice than MAN OF LA MANCHA.
BWW Reviews: MAKING LOVE IN A CANOE is a Glorious Celebration of Canadian Musical TheatreBWW Reviews: MAKING LOVE IN A CANOE is a Glorious Celebration of Canadian Musical Theatre
January 26, 2014

On a frigidly cold night in the middle of a long Canadian winter, a group of people gathered together in a cozy cafe to experience what is quickly becoming Canada's newest national treasure. MAKING LOVE IN A CANOE (which can also be experienced in album form) is a review of beautiful Canadian music theatre, created and performed by CanCon-loving duo Kyle Golemba and Adam White.
BWW Reviews: WHOOPI at Centre in the Square is Hilarious and FunBWW Reviews: WHOOPI at Centre in the Square is Hilarious and Fun
September 25, 2013

On Saturday night, those in the Kitchener area had the opportunity to spend the evening and share some laughs with a Tony, Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award-winning artist! Whoopi Goldberg was in town, performing some comedy for a full house at Centre in the Square, and she did not disappoint.
BWW Reviews: KAT'S CABARET is Rockin' and Eclectic and Fun...and I want more!BWW Reviews: KAT'S CABARET is Rockin' and Eclectic and Fun...and I want more!
September 13, 2013

In a Canadian town like Stratford, Ontario that is known for formally presenting incredible live talent on a daily basis, it's always fun when some of those talented people involved (as well as their talented friends) come together for a less-formal celebration of all kinds of music (and even some dance). This is what current Stratford Festival performer Katrina Reynolds has put together for KAT'S CABARET; a series of cabarets that have taken place in Stratford this summer. Her more chilled, out, acoustic cabarets have been held at an intimate restaurant with a rustic feel (Montforte on Wellington), and for loud rock and roll themed cabarets, Molly Bloom's Irish Pub has been the venue of choice. The roster of performers is ever-changing and always impressive, allowing for a fun night out that no one should miss!
BWW Reviews: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Stratford Festival Should Not be Missed!BWW Reviews: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Stratford Festival Should Not be Missed!
September 9, 2013

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE-arguably William Shakespeare's most controversial play, is being tackled this season at the Stratford Festival for the first time since 2007. Under the direction of (Artistic Director) ANTONI CIMOLINO, this production does not shy away from the controversial nature of many characters' anti-Semitic views, and in fact, highlights the danger of such views by placing this production in a timeline leading up to the Holocaust. The constant reminder of what is to come provides a dark and almost eerie backdrop to this production, creating a thought-provoking dark 'comedy' for the ages.


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