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 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!
Mark IT PROUD - A Canadian/Broadway Kickstarter LGBTQ Success Story!Mark IT PROUD - A Canadian/Broadway Kickstarter LGBTQ Success Story!
June 27, 2016

Canadian actor and artist, Mark Uhre (currently playing Enjolras in the Broadway production of LES MISERABLES) and graphic designer (and founder of this product), Daniel Malen have joined forces to create LGBTQ Inclusive greeting cards for a variety of occasions
BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at the Stratford Festival is Full of HeartBWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at the Stratford Festival is Full of Heart
June 8, 2016

The North American premiere of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE opened on Saturday night at the Stratford Festival's Avon Theatre. This feel-good production is full of hilarious characters, stunning costumes, and clever references to the works of William Shakespeare. Most of all, though, it is full of heart.
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
June 6, 2016

AS YOU LIKE IT opened on Friday at the Stratford Festival's Festival Theatre with a partya literal party. Director, Jillian Keiley has set this production in her native Newfoundland, and as such, the play starts and finishes with the actors dancing about the stage and in the aisles whilst an on-stage band plays East-Coast inspired music. In addition to being given the East-Coast treatment, the production is also set in the 1980's-and I must say that the costumes are the bombdigitty!
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
June 4, 2016

THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (from Schulich Children's Plays) opened at Stratford Festival's Avon Theatre on what became a magical Thursday evening. Based on the book by C.S. Lewis and dramatized by Adrian Mitchell, this production, directed by Tim Carroll is enchanting and fun for the entire family.
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
June 2, 2016

A memorable and moving production of Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS opened at Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre on Wednesday evening. It is the story of a family trying to live a post-WWII American Dream, yet unwilling to acknowledge what had to be sacrificed in order to achieve it. The entire cast brings nuanced performances to complex roles-each character relatable, and their decisions debatable. It allowedfor a lot of reflection on the imperfections of humanity as this writer left the theatre and I suspect many other audience member felt the same way.
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
May 31, 2016

The Stratford Festival officially opened its 64th Season with a frighteningly great (and greatly frightening) production of the Scottish Play. Director Antoni Cimolino brings us what is likely the darkest and grittiest play to grace the Festival Theatre stage in some time. This may be the eleventh time that Macbeth has graced the Stratford Festival stage, but this daring production feels fresh and new.
BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS On Tour At Centre in the SquareBWW Review: JERSEY BOYS On Tour At Centre in the Square
November 12, 2015

The touring company of JERSEY BOYS has made its current stop in Kitchener, Ontario at Centre in The Square. I had the opportunity to catch the first performance last night, and 'Oh What a Night' it was! This musical is clearly still going strong and the audience loved every moment of it.
BWW Review: The World Premiere of THE LAST WIFE at Stratford FestivalBWW Review: The World Premiere of THE LAST WIFE at Stratford Festival
August 31, 2015

The World Premiere of THE LAST WIFE, written by Kate Hennig and directed by Alan Dilworth, took place earlier this month at the Stratford Festival's Studio Theatre. BWW recently had the opportunity to see the show, and found it to present an intriguing combination of history, drama, humour and feminism.
BWW Review: Stratford's THE ALCHEMIST is a Riot!BWW Review: Stratford's THE ALCHEMIST is a Riot!
August 20, 2015

If you are looking for a good laugh, 17th Century-style, then look no further than this season's production of Ben Jonson's THE ALCHEMIST, currently on stage at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson theatre. What a riot! This production, directed by Artistic Director, Antoni Cimolino, had the audience in hysterics. The phenomenal cast committed fully to the hijinks, the costuming was spectacular, the stage and set was used very well, and the choice of music used to open each Act allowed for the play to feel fresh and new. All in all, this play was a great success.
BWW Review: Stratford's LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST Hits a Home Run!BWW Review: Stratford's LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST Hits a Home Run!
August 19, 2015

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST opened at the Stratford Festival's Festival Theatre on Friday nightand it hit a home run with the audience! Director, John Caird takes one of Shakespeare's earlier plays and makes it feel shiny and new. Assisting with this is an exceptional cast, captivating set design, and beautiful music-but what is truly on display is William Shakespeare's utter love of, and talent with the English language. He makes words and sounds fun, and that is particularly true in this play.
BWW Review: Stratford's OEDIPUS REX is PhenomenalBWW Review: Stratford's OEDIPUS REX is Phenomenal
August 1, 2015

This season, audiences are being thrilled by a phenomenal production of OEDIPUS REX at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre to thunderous applause. Superb performances by all bolstered this production of the famous play by Sophocles to the top of my 'Must See' list for this season.
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.


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