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Lauren O'Brien's “Lolo's Boyfriend Show” comes to the Turn the Lights On Festival at Playhouse 46

originally published: 16.06.2024

Lauren O'Brien in Lolo's Boyfriend Show. Photo by Becky Yee.

(NEW YORK, NY) – Charming, enterprising and witty Lolo is back with more show dates! Award-winning artist Lauren O'Brien's successful solo show combines theater, multimedia and music Lolo's boyfriend showreturns to NYC with 4 performances (July 5-14, 2024) at the Turn the Lights On Festival at Playhouse 46.

Lolo lands a European tour with her punk cabaret show, making her dream come true. But when it's cancelled after just a few weeks, she's forced to pack up her red platform boots and move back to her mother's house in the suburbs. Lolo's psychotherapist told her she'd be famous and happily married by now. Instead, she's stuck in her childhood bedroom, taking a wild and traumatic journey through her friends' pasts. From yogi to phantom texter to S&M enthusiast, Lolo's penchant for the bizarre really gets to her. As she wrestles with her ghosts – and considers giving it all up for a British beau – Lolo has a radical realisation: Maybe… just maybe… there's another path to happiness in this world for her…

Lolo's boyfriend show previously played to a sold-out crowd at the New York City Fringe Festival in April, where it won the Audience Choice Award. O'Brien, a New York-based actor, writer and musician, plays the title role. Her previous solo show, Jaxx & Lolo, won awards for Best Show and Excellence in Multimedia at the New York City Frigid Festival in 2020.

The production is directed by Broadway veteran Christine Bokhour, who has directed and choreographed more than 25 productions over the past decade. As a performer, Ms. Bokhour has performed on Broadway, in national and European tours, and as the RCMH Rockette.

Lolo's boyfriend show plays at Playhouse 46 (308 W 46th St, corner 8th Avenue. New York, NY 10036). Performances are Friday, July 5th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 6th at 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 12th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th at 7:30 p.m. Running time: 90 minutes. Tickets cost $30 and available for purchase on-line.

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In addition to the shows at Playhouse 46, the production will play a single performance at the Depot Theatre in Garrison, NY on Friday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this show are available for purchase online but almost sold out.

“In the heartwarming and hilarious Lolo's boyfriend show“Lauren O'Brien commands the stage with a whirlwind of energy, humor and heart, spinning an entertaining and poignant narrative… this production is sure to leave audiences wanting more.” – All About Solo

Lauren O'Brien (Author/Actress) has performed regionally in productions including To Kill a Mockingbird (Mayella), Angels in America (Harper), Mrs. Whatsit, and The Odyssey (Athena). She was also a founding member of director Polina Klimovitskaya's avant-garde theater company Terra Incognita. Lauren credits Ms. Klimovitskaya for teaching her a “psychophysical” approach to creativity. Lauren began her musical forays as a lyricist for producer Marc Godwin. She later recorded her own rock/poetry albums, Inconsequential Dream and Panic, as well as a punk cabaret album, The Devil's Girlfriend (which she expanded into a theater show and toured Germany). Lauren has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, performing at CMJ, Howl Fest, MEANY Fest, and others. She is a two-time New Century Music Award winner. Her first solo show, Jaxx & Lolo, won the Audience Choice Award and the Excellence in Multi-Media Award at the New York City Fringe Festival in 2020. Her new play, Lolo's Boyfriend Show, won the Audience Choice Award in 2024.

Christine Bokhour (Director/Developer) has choreographed and/or directed over 25 plays and musicals over the past decade and loves working with people of all ages. Her favorites include The Cake (with Broadway's Sally Mayes), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Full Monty (with Broadway's Randy Donaldson), and the educational theaters Matilda, Spamalot, and Chicago. She won Best Director at the Aerie Theatre's One Act Play Festival in 2019 and directed a reading and discussion series on classic works related to modern themes for several years in the Hudson Valley. Currently, Ms. Bokhour is helping to develop and direct The Scream, a new musical comedy fantasy from her husband's award-winning BMI team, which recently performed at the MTC and Westport Country Playhouse, and looks forward to working with another BMI award-winning producer, Ilann Maazel, on his new work, The Patriot, later this spring. As a performer, Ms. Bokhour has performed on Broadway, in national and European tours, as RCMH Rockette, and in numerous regional productions across the country, including two one-woman plays, “Penelope” at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and the stunning “Happy Days” at the Philipstown Depot Theatre.


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