Lauren Gienow

Lauren Gienow Based out of Stratford, Ontario, Lauren is a young professional with a love of theatre and TV. 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. In addition to her theatrical reviews, Lauren is the resident "Grey's Anatomy" Re-capper for BWW TV. Lauren holds a BA in Psychology and an MSc. in Occupational Therapy. She 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, 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 a variety of reviews, recaps and features as a contributor to Broadway World Toronto and Broadway World TV.


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BWW Review: MACBETH at the Stratford Festival is Frighteningly Great and Greatly FrighteningBWW Review: MACBETH at the Stratford Festival is Frighteningly Great and Greatly Frightening
Posted: May. 31, 2016


BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Attempts to 'Undo' the Drama in Season PremiereBWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Attempts to 'Undo' the Drama in Season Premiere
Posted: Sep. 24, 2016


BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Stratford Festival is Art at Its FinestBWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Stratford Festival is Art at Its Finest
Posted: Jun. 29, 2016


BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT at the Stratford Festival is a Fun Night at the TheatreBWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT at the Stratford Festival is a Fun Night at the Theatre
Posted: Jun. 6, 2016


BWW Review: THE HYPOCHONDRIAC at the Stratford Festival is a Clever Laugh-RiotBWW Review: THE HYPOCHONDRIAC at the Stratford Festival is a Clever Laugh-Riot
Posted: Aug. 22, 2016


BWW Review: ALL MY SONS at the Stratford Festival is Memorable and MovingBWW Review: ALL MY SONS at the Stratford Festival is Memorable and Moving
Posted: Jun. 2, 2016


BWW Review: THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at the Stratford Festival is a Magical ExperienceBWW Review: THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at the Stratford Festival is a Magical Experience
Posted: Jun. 4, 2016


BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Masters the Term 'Bittersweet'BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Masters the Term 'Bittersweet'
February 24, 2017

Last night's GREY'S ANATOMY was about reunions. Not necessarily happy reunions, but reunions all the same. No show on TV does 'bittersweet' better than GREY'S ANATOMY and there is a whole lot of bittersweet in this most recent episode, entitled Back Where You Belong. The episode was written by Jen Klein and directed by Oliver Bokelberg.

BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY and Kepner's No-Good-Terrible-Very-Bad-DayBWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY and Kepner's No-Good-Terrible-Very-Bad-Day
February 17, 2017

On last night's episode of GREY'S ANATOMY, what was looking to be Dr. Kepner's no-good-terrible-very-bad-day turned out to be Dr. Minnick's no-good-terrible-very-bad-day. Fittingly, the episode was titled It Only Gets Much Worse.

BWW Recap: Everyone's Got Secrets on this Week's GREY'S ANATOMYBWW Recap: Everyone's Got Secrets on this Week's GREY'S ANATOMY
February 10, 2017

Last night's episode of GREY'S ANATOMY was all about secretsspecifically the deep dark personal secrets that are just too revealing to tell anybody. The episode was aptly titled None of Your Business. Several characters navigated romantic, professional and familiar relationships while keeping a secret close to the chest. By the end of the episode, most of those secrets remained unspoken. This might seem frustrating to viewers who just want our favorite characters to open up and sharebut at the same time, it is pretty darn realistic.

BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Where Is Alex???BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Where Is Alex???
February 3, 2017

Thursday's episode of GREY'S ANATOMY entitled Jukebox Hero explores how those who we may see as heroes all have their flaws if we look close enough. More on that later thoughthe real question is WHERE IS ALEX???!!!

BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Goes to JailBWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Goes to Jail
January 29, 2017

GREY'S ANATOMY is back after a long winter break. The winter premiere, entitled You Can Look (But You'd Better Not Touch) is a 'bottle episode' meaning that it is more or less self-contained, and that we will have to wait another week to get answers to the cliffhangers we were left with in the midseason finale.

BWW Review: THE BOY KNOWN AS DR. BARNARDO'S is A Story that has Been Waiting to be ToldBWW Review: THE BOY KNOWN AS DR. BARNARDO'S is A Story that has Been Waiting to be Told
December 1, 2016

As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, you may feel inclined to stay by the fire indoorsbut I suggest that those in the Milverton, Ontario area, bundle up and head over to 69 Main St. N to see an original historical play, which also happens to be based locally, put on by 'Southwesto House'.

BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Delivers some 'Crushing' DevelopmentsBWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Delivers some 'Crushing' Developments
November 18, 2016

The season 13 midseason finale of GREY'S ANATOMY provided some shocking revelations and set viewers up for two months of torture before the show returns on Jan 19th. Will Alex go to jail? Will Richard lose his job? And where the heck is Amelia???

BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Takes Us Into The Room Where It HappensBWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Takes Us Into The Room Where It Happens
November 11, 2016

Well. That was different! Once every season or two, GREY'S ANATOMY offers up an episode that breaks convention and tries to be a little different. This show has had varying success with this type of episode. The one that aired tonight, entitledget this, HAMILTON fansThe Room Where It Happens, may not turn out to be the most memorable of them all, but it was done very welland it may well have been the best.

BWW Recap: A Change is Gonna Come on GREY'S ANATOMYBWW Recap: A Change is Gonna Come on GREY'S ANATOMY
November 6, 2016

The 7th episode of season 13 of GREY'S ANATOMY, entitled Why Try to Change Me Now aired Thursday night and it looks like 'change' is indeed coming to Grey Sloan Memorial. With a new consultant at the hospital, the Attendings quickly fall into paranoia and defensivenessand it may very well be warranted!

BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Brings the Tears in 'Roar'BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Brings the Tears in 'Roar'
October 28, 2016

The latest episode of GREY'S ANATOMY, entitled Roar was a strong one, but man, was it devastating! I'm lucky I'm even able to write this recap because my keyboard absolutely could have short-circuited from all the tears. Episode 6 of season 13 explored the lengths people would want to go to for the ones they loveand the limitations that they are often faced with in the attempt.

BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Continues To Excel At Nuanced RelationshipsBWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Continues To Excel At Nuanced Relationships
October 14, 2016

Season 13, Episode 4 of GREY'S ANATOMY is titled Falling SlowlyAll episodes are named after songs and this song happens to be from Tony Award Winning musical, ONCE. Considering I am a recapper for Broadway World, you can probably imagine that this pleased me! This is not the first time that the writer of this episode, Jen Klein borrowed a title from a Broadway song! She also penned last season's There's a Fine Fine Line! Klein, Director Victoria Mahoney, and the ever-talented ensemble cast have created yet another episode that does what GREY'S does best...It tugs at your heart strings while simultaneously making you laugh.

BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Goes Walking Dead...KindaBWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Goes Walking Dead...Kinda
October 7, 2016

The third episode of Season 13 of GREY'S ANATOMY aired tonight and it was full of twists and turns in the patient storylines. Entitled, I AIN'T NO MIRACLE WORKER, the topic of miracles comes up a few times in the episodethe big ones,the little ones, the 'boring' ones,and the ones we only dream about. This episode provides a great balance between sad, funny, clever, and interesting. In other words, it is a solid episode of this veteran serieswhich has become known for providing that kind of balance.

BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Avoids Catastrophe, but Hasn't Yet Found the CureBWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Avoids Catastrophe, but Hasn't Yet Found the Cure
September 30, 2016

Catastrophe And The CureThe second episode of season 13 of GREY'S ANATOMY aired last night, and the show continues to move each plot forward in interesting waysAlex continues to face the repercussions of his assault on Delucapersonally, professionally, and legally; Both Jo and Deluca also have to face the emotional and professional fallout of Alex's actions; the Meredith/Maggie/Riggs love triangle continues its slow and awkward burn toward inevitable hurt feelingseven though Meredith somehow seems to think that this is avoidable; Jackson and April work to figure out the whole parenting-while-divorced-and-while-mom-is-recovering-from-surgery thing; and Owen and Amelia adapt to being married and therefore kind of needing to communicate with each othera skill at which this couple has always fluctuated from being awful to amazing. Those fluctuations continued last night.

BWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Attempts to 'Undo' the Drama in Season PremiereBWW Recap: GREY'S ANATOMY Attempts to 'Undo' the Drama in Season Premiere
September 24, 2016

GREY'S ANATOMY's 13th Season premiered Thursday night and it picked up right where it left off in the May finale. The episode is titled 'Undo' and is Directed by Debbie Allen (a Broadway alum and BWW fav!) andwritten by William Harper.Is Deluca alright? Did Alex face the consequences of his actions? Read to find out!

BWW Review: BUNNY at the Stratford Festival is a Thing of BeautyBWW Review: BUNNY at the Stratford Festival is a Thing of Beauty
September 18, 2016

Hannah Moscovitch's BUNNY is enjoying its World Premiere at the Stratford Festival's Studio Theatre this season. The performance that I attended was completely sold out, so it appears that audiences are enjoying it too! Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley, with Design by Michael Gianfrancesco, this play will be a unique experience from the get-go. The intimacy of the Studio Theatre has the audience very present and engaged at the beginning, and the beauty and originality of the play maintains that engagement throughout.

BWW Review: THE AENEID at the Stratford Festival is an Important Piece of ArtBWW Review: THE AENEID at the Stratford Festival is an Important Piece of Art
September 3, 2016

The Stratford Festival's production of THE AENEID, currently playing in repertory at the Studio Theatre, is not your standard version of Virgil's classic epic. Director, Keira Loughran brings an old story into the modern world-and does so to great effect with the World premiere of Maureen Labonte's translation of Oliver Kemeid's unique and inspired version.

BWW Review: JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at the Stratford Festival is a Powerful Night at the TheatreBWW Review: JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at the Stratford Festival is a Powerful Night at the Theatre
August 29, 2016

Director, Carey Perloff has assembled a stellar cast for the Stratford Festival's production of Henrik Ibsen's JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at the Tom Patterson Theatre. The Festival has commissioned the World Premiere of the English translation by Paul Walsh. The combination of an extraordinary cast, and the unique setting of the stage in the round at the Tom Patterson, allow for a powerful night at the theatre.

BWW Review: THE HYPOCHONDRIAC at the Stratford Festival is a Clever Laugh-RiotBWW Review: THE HYPOCHONDRIAC at the Stratford Festival is a Clever Laugh-Riot
August 22, 2016

A hysterical production of THE HYPOCHONDRIAC opened on Thursday night at the Stratford Festival and the audience clearly enjoyed it thoroughly. Directed by Artistic Director, Antoni Cimolino, and starring Stephen Ouimette, this production is a version by Richard Bean based on Chris Campbell's literal translation of Moliere's comedy-ballet LE MALADE IMAGINAIRE (The Imaginary Invalid). Its humour seamlessly moves from crass poop jokes to clever satire, and everything in between, allowing for a very enjoyable experiencing that will leave you doubled over and laughing so hard that you might end up with more gut pain than the titular character claims to have!

BWW Review: BREATH OF KINGS: REBELLION & REDEMPTION at the Stratford FestivalBWW Review: BREATH OF KINGS: REBELLION & REDEMPTION at the Stratford Festival
July 6, 2016

This season at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre, audiences have the opportunity to witness Shakespeare's Henriad in a unique and exciting new way.

BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Stratford Festival is Art at Its FinestBWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at the Stratford Festival is Art at Its Finest
June 29, 2016

The Stratford Festival's first ever staging of Stephen Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is happening this season at the Avon Theatre. Directed by Gary Griffin, It is clever, it is delightful, it is funny, it is sad, and it is beautifully performed by everyone involved. Everyone I have spoken with who has seen this production has a different favourite scene or performer. There is so much to take in that it is just as fun to see it a second time!



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