L.A. Premiere of Streisand Comedy Buyer & Cellar, Starring Michael Urie, Begins Tonight
09 Jul 2014
Photo by Sandra Coudert
The tale of a struggling Los Angeles actor who finds himself working in Barbra Streisand's basement makes its West Coast debut July 9 when Buyer & Cellar, Jonathan Tolins' one-man comedy starring Michael Urie, begins performances at the Mark Taper Forum.
Buyer & Cellar officially opened Off-Broadway June 24, 2013, after previews that began June 18 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Urie ("Ugly Betty," Angels in America, The Temperamentals) created the role of Alex in the hit solo show that played an extended Off-Broadway engagement.
Urie is currently headlining the national tour of the production. The L.A. engagement officially opens July 13. Performances continue through Aug. 17 as part of the Center Theatre Group season.
The tour is also set to play San Francisco and Dallas. Buyer & Cellar will have its London premiere in spring 2015.
Stephen Brackett directs the production, which is billed this way: "Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved mega-superstar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs."
Tolins is perhaps best known as the playwright of The Twilight of the Golds (Broadway), If Memory Serves (Promenade Theater), The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick and Century Center) and Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages). He co-wrote the films "The Twilight of the Golds" and "Martian Child." He was a consulting producer on the recent CBS comedy "Partners" and was a co-producer on the first season of "Queer As Folk" on Showtime.
The set design for Buyer & Cellar is by Andrew Boyce; costume design is by Jessica Pabst; lighting design is by Eric Southern; sound design is by Stowe Nelson.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.