Buyer & Cellar, With "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Star, Opens Tonight

News   Buyer & Cellar, With "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Star, Opens Tonight The Pittsburgh premiere of Jonathan Tolins' one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar, starring "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor Tom Lenk, officially opens June 5. 

Tom Lenk in <i>Buyer &amp; Cellar</i>
Tom Lenk in Buyer & Cellar

Directed by Don Stephenson, Buyer & Cellar runs through June 28 at the O'Reilly Theater, the company's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District.

Pittsburgh Public Theater's 40th anniversary season concludes with the production, which began previews May 28. 

Lenk plays out-of-work actor Alex More. He is best known as Andrew in TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and has appeared in numerous projects directed by Joss Whedon. Lenk also starred on Broadway in the musical Rock of Ages.

According to Pittsburgh Public, "Tolins was inspired to write this hilarious fictional account after reading Barbra Streisand's real book, 'My Passion for Design,' about decorating her lavish Malibu estate. The part that interested Tolins most was the 'street of shops' that Barbra constructed in her cellar. Included are a gift shop, vintage clothing boutique, Bee’s Doll Shop, and an antiques emporium. Instead of just storing the stuff she collects in her basement, she created a faux mall. Tolins decided that she needed a clerk to work there and wait on its only customer… Barbra herself."

In addition to the character of Alex, Lenk will conjure Barbra, her assistant, Alex's boyfriend Barry and Barbra's husband James Brolin.

The creative team includes Michael Schweikardt (scenic), Ted Pappas (costumes), Stephen Terry (lighting), Zach Moore (sound), Shawn Duan (projections) and Fred Noel (production stage manager).

For more information and tickets, call (412) 316-1600 or visit PPT.org.

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