Acclaimed Solo Play Buyer & Cellar, Starring Michael Urie, Begins Barrow Street Run
By Adam Hetrick
Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar, starring Michael Urie as a struggling Los Angeles actor who finds himself working in Barbra Streisand's basement, transfers to the Barrow Street Theatre June 18 after an acclaimed run at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater earlier this spring.
Buyer & Cellar will officially open June 24 at the Barrow Street for a ten-week engagement. An earlier Off-Broadway run of the solo-play opened to acclaim April 2. It ended its extended run May 12 at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
Stephen Brackett directs the play, 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.
Urie's New York Theatre credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway), The Cherry Orchard (Classic Stage Company), Angels in America (Signature), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Theatre World Awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull) and Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights). He is widely known for TV's "Partners" and as Marc St James on "Ugly Betty."
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. The production stage manager is Hannah Woodward; the assistant stage manager is Sam Horwith.
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