The Verdict: Critics Review Buyer & Cellar Starring Michael Urie
25 Jun 2013
Photo by Sandra Coudert
Michael Urie stars as a struggling Los Angeles actor who finds himself working in Barbra Streisand's basement in Jonathan Tolins' one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar, which opened in a new Off-Broadway engagement June 24 at the Barrow Street Theatre.
Buyer & Cellar is currently scheduled to play a ten-week engagement at the Barrow Street. An earlier Off-Broadway run of the solo play opened to acclaim April 2 at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. It ended its extended run there May 12.
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."
The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in. Several reviews from the play's initial premiere are linked here.
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.