Barrett, Meet Barbra: Off-Broadway Hit Buyer & Cellar Welcomes New Star
By Adam Hetrick
Barrett Foa, the stage and screen actor who currently appears on the CBS crime drama "NCIS: Los Angeles," succeeds Christopher J. Hanke in the hit Off-Broadway solo comedy Buyer & Cellar May 27 at the Barrow Street Theatre.
Written by Jonathan Tolins, Buyer & Cellar officially opened Off-Broadway June 24, 2013, after previews that began June 18 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Read reviews of the play here.
Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty," Angels in America, The Temperamentals), who created the role of Alex, an out-of-work actor who lands a gig working in Barbra Streisand's basement, departed the New York production March 16 to star in the national tour of the comedy.
Hanke (How to Succeed..., Next Fall) played his final performance May 25.
Foa is best known to audiences as tech geek Eric Beale on "NCIS: Los Angeles." Foa starred on Broadway in the Tony-winning musicals Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mamma Mia! and Godspell. Other television credits include "Entourage," "NCIS," "Numb3rs," "Six Degrees" and "The Closer."
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. The production stage manager is Hannah Woodward; the assistant stage manager is Sam Horwith.
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