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RED VELVET (Lantern Theater Company)

"Lauren Sowa portrays a focused and powerful Ellen Tree, eager to devour fresh acting methods and take a risk with her new costar."
- Megan Diehl, DC Metro Theater Arts

"The relationship between Aldridge and his Desdemona, played by the famous actress Ellen Tree (Lauren Sowa, in a lovely and subtle performance) is further complicated by the controversy about acting styles: the exaggerated classical English style, and the more naturalistic, emotional method of the American stage."
- Toby Zinman, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Four years ago, Forrest McClendon made a captivating Othello at Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Near the end of the first act, McClendon and Lauren Sowa (playing Ellen Tree, Aldridge's Desdemona) step before a red velvet curtain and play a snippet of the handkerchief scene from Othello. Sowa was actually McClendon's Desdemona in the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre production, and I momentarily felt transported back to that satisfying theatrical experience."
- Cameron Kelsall, Talkin' Broadway


“..a delectable production ... finds just the right tone and style.”
"Lauren Sowa as Gwendolyn wears her chin very high indeed."
- Toby Zinman, Phindie

“The four young lovers are delightful. ...Alanna J. Smith’s flighty, sunny Cecily is an easy target for Lauren Sowa’s steely and self-satisfied Gwendolen. All four play off each other well, with Sowa and Blouch especially good in the way they stretch out their encounters for maximum comic effect.”
“..A lively frolic.”
"The Walnut’s Earnest is, in the best tradition of English farces, a grand time."

- Tim Dunleavy, DC Metro Theater Arts

“Walnut’s cast is wonderful. The main quartet, Jake Blouch (Jack), Daniel Fredrick (Algernon), Lauren Sowa (Gwendolen) and Alanna J. Smith (Cecily) are very talented and quite funny.”
"Sowa’s Gwendolen is a nice blend of practical and absurd."
"Sowa’s and Smith’s scene in Act II, when the girls discover they are both engaged to Earnest Worthington, is priceless."
- Christina Perryman, DelCoCultureVultures

“Every role gets a convincing accent and whip-smart articulation. What a delight to experience truly smart characters and talented actors who know how to say smart lines and hear each other's, too!”
- Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review

“Wilde proceeds to unveil a delicious plot of deceptions that leads, at one point, to a celebrated scene between Gwendolyn (Sowa) and Cecily (Smith) in a garden where the two characters use manners as masks until they just can't anymore. Here, it's a hoot.”
- Howard Shapiro, Newsworks

HARVEY (Walnut Street Theatre)

"Lauren Sowa as Nurse Kelly and Ian Merrill Peakes as Dr. Sanderson handle the love/hate relationship between these two characters with refinement. Sowa and Peakes steal the scenes they are in with their banter."
- Kelli Curtin, Theatre Sensation

"The superb ensemble displays perfect pacing, impeccable comedic timing, and flawless synchronicity."
- Deb Miller, DC Metro

"Walnut’s production is funny from before the curtain goes up, until the final bow."
- Christina Perryman, Ticket to Entertainment

"A tiptop cast."
- Toby Zinman, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Lauren Sowa, as a sanitorium assistant .. you want to run on stage and kiss her."

PRIVATE LIVES (Walnut Street Theatre)

"The production was a delight, pure fun, well-acted, and well-conceived."
- Naomi Orwin, Broad Street Review

"[The show] is full of sparkle and passion, and has a cast that will delight audiences.."

"Laugh out loud funny moments.."
- Christina Perryman, Delco News Network

"Lauren Sowa is excellent as Elyot's petulant new wife Sibyl."
- Tim Dunleavy, Talkin' Broadway

"Delectable, sexy, rambunctious.."
- Toby Zinman, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Lauren Sowa is canny at combining Sibyl’s sweet and conventional ways with a tendency to want to prevail and dominate. Sowa’s Sibyl is not a silly flibbertigibbet or run-of-the-mill Mayfair-Hertfordshire deb. She is a woman of substance."

EMMA (Lantern Theater Company)

"The production is ambitious, full, and rich, and every second is thoroughly engaging. Director Kathryn MacMillan captures all the detailed observations, upper-class spectacle, and lively characters of the novel with satiric wit and 19th-century British decorum. A light and airy pleasure in every way, and a brilliant start to the Lantern's landmark season." 
– Debra Miller, Phindie

"Lauren Sowa...makes an excellent Emma, transmitting all the coyness, naiveté and judgmental qualities the character embodies. She's just a girl who can't stay out of other people's business although she hasn't really got her own in order – a paradox you can see in Sowa's body language, but mostly in her eyes." 
– Howard Shapiro, WHYY

Interview with PlayShakespeare.com Part One Part Two

OTHELLO (The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre)

"Exquisitely detailed performance turned in by Sowa. ... Sowa puts up a valiant fight as Othello strangles and smothers her, making for one of the most disturbingly violent Desdemona deaths I've ever seen."
- Eric Minton, Shakespeareances.com

"Desdemona’s decision to marry Othello against her father’s wishes seems more mature than usual, particularly in Lauren Sowa’s smart performance. Her girlish Desdemona has a mature steadiness that complements this cool-headed Othello. Not every production makes their connection as plausible and pleasant as director Carmen Khan does here, and its dissolution is even more tragic because the two are so perfect together."
- Mark Cofta, Philadelphia City Paper

"Lauren Sowa’s Desdemona is lively and feisty. Sowa’s performance deftly portrays a woman who, though sheltered and privileged, nevertheless possesses the passionate and adventurous spirit to elope with Othello and follow him to war."
- Jennifer Kramer, PlayShakespeare.com

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre)

"A welcome surprise comes from the play’s other romantic duo, Claudio and Hero: Isaiah Ellis and Lauren Sowa, respectively, engender their characters with enough personality to almost rival Much Ado’s most famous lovers. Sowa takes a role notable for an importance to the plot disproportionate to the number of allotted lines, and makes Hero a significant presence on the stage regardless of whether she has lines or not. Her performance is pleasingly multi-layered, with Hero’s shy young love of Claudio supplemented by a prim propriety, frequent familial exasperation, and no little backbone whenever her integrity is called into question."
- Jennifer Kramer, PlayShakespeare.com

"The accomplished ensemble delivers all the playfulness and tension demanded of their roles. Isaiah Ellis (Claudio) and Lauren Sowa (Hero) are charmingly sentimental and starry-eyed before their nuptials are thwarted. ... As with OTHELLO, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is a show to be seen, in a season that ranks among the company’s very best."
-Debra Miller, Stage Magazine

ROMEO and JULIET (NC Shakes)

"I'm sorry I waited until nearly the end of the run to see R&J at High Point Theatre last night. Otherwise, I could have given you more notice of the jewel NCSF landed in Lauren Sowa as Juliet. The young actress was utterly charming as the passionate, impetuous star-cross'd teenage lover. Playing a character whose emotions continually bounce from joy to anguish to impatience to peevishness, Sowa totally nailed it. She'll be one to watch."
- Doug Clark, Greensboro News & Record

THE GREAT DIVIDE (Metropolitan Playhouse)

"The third act allows some terrific acting to shine through. Ms. Sowa and Mr. Weinert finally come to resemble any couple who share a life under duress. Great divide indeed."
- Daniel M. Gold, The New York Times

"[Michael] Hardart is fortunate to have the splendid Lauren Sowa at the center of his production. Sowa's Ruth is a memorable combination of radiance, grit, and masochistic self-punishment."
- Erik Haagensen, Backstage

"Handling Moody’s shifting tones and words with grounded expertise is Hardart’s cast, with especially engaging performances by Tony Zazella (Philip) and Lauren Sowa (Ruth)." 
- Matt Roberson, nytheatre


"Lauren Sowa’s Sam will definitely remind you of your sister or niece or some brat that you know."
- Jonathan Zuckerman, shortandsweetnyc

"Charmingly done by a cast of five adults who channel their inner child.."
- Karen Tortora-Lee, thehappiestmedium

"Stinky Flowers does a lot to bring the magic back into good old-fashioned storytelling."
- Markus Paminger, Theatre is Easy

"An impression of childhood is captured precisely without being childish.."
- Wendy Remington Bowie, nytheatre


"The seduction scene is played as a clever battle of the sexes, with the woman clearly in charge. Ms. Sowa teases and Mr. Coughtry complies, looking ever so adolescently foolish in his yearnings. ...Each character in this production speaks Shakespeare's words clearly -- a trademark of this season, and a distinct credit to the company."
- Michael P. Howley, theatremontgomery

"Suitably, Lauren Sowa is enticing as the lady in question and assured daughter of Celia Howard’s fine Widow Capilet."
- Marie J. Kilker, Total Theater


"Sowa, as battered but still beautiful Audrey, manages to make this ditzy, damaged, but warmly honest soul, wholly real."
- Tim Robinson, Spotlight Full Review

"and as his would-be paramour, Sowa mixes a nice cocktail of sweet, ditzy, and affecting."
- Megan Grumbling, Boston Phoenix Full Review

THE PAJAMA GAME (Seacoast Rep)

"Lauren Sowa, in the role as cast, was reminiscent of a young Meryl Streep in her spunky strength."
- Scarlett Ridgway Savage, The Wire Full Review

AS YOU LIKE IT (Seacoast Rep)

"At the end of act one when Rosalind, played with confidence and subtle comedic prowess by Lauren Sowa, begins to instruct Orlando the show really hits its stride. Sowa's casual cadence and fluidity enabled her to seamlessly flow in and out of Rosalind's disguise, endearing her to the audience."
- Sarah Bailey, Spotlight  Full Review

WAIT UNTIL DARK (Seacoast Rep)

"Lauren Sowa (Susy Hendrix/the recently blinded wife) gives a superb performance. While masterfully capturing the physical, mental and emotional life of a visually impaired person, Sowa also plays her role smart and sensitive and perfectly paced. Her refusal to give the doll up — thereby somehow implicating her husband in a murder — is inspiring and horrifying. Sowa's energy, intuitiveness and capacity as a listening actor, creates an empowered, multilayered performance by everyone she shares a scene with."
- Tamara Le, Foster's Daily Democrat  Full Review

"The famous, frightening, final scene, much of it in complete darkness, is the big pay off; executed brilliantly by Lauren Sowa as Susy and John McCluggage as Roat. You just can't say enough about Sowa's impeccable performance as Susy. She's clearly rattled and unnerved at times, and later strong — someone to be reckoned with. Susy's physical limitation is never questioned, nor is the skill of this actress that imbues her with believability and class."
- Jeanne McCartin, Spotlight  Full Review

"The force of the play that most definitively rouses the chills is Susy herself. In Sowa’s hands she is reed-like in sensitivity, and so convincing in the mannerisms of her blindness that I often found myself pulled into the dark. At once fierce and vulnerable, Sowa’s excellent Susy is the formidable linchpin of Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s beautifully produced production of the classic thriller Wait Until Dark."
- Megan Grumbling, Boston Phoenix  Full Review

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