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Monday, 24 June 2013 11:47

BUYER & CELLAR Opens Tonight, Jun 24 at Barrow Street Theatre

YEAR’S BEST REVIEWED PLAY

BUYER & CELLAR

STARRING MICHAEL URIE

WRITTEN BY JONATHAN TOLINS

DIRECTED BY STEPHEN BRACKETT

OPENS TONIGHT
AT BARROW STREET THEATRE

WINNER OF DRAMA DESK AND
CLARENCE DERWENT AWARDS

“AN IRRESISTIBLE PLAY…
SERIOUSLY FUNNY!”
--THE NEW YORK TIMES/CRITICS’ PICK

Monday, June 24 - The hit off-Broadway comedy, Buyer & Cellar, starring Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”), written by Jonathan Tolins, and directed by Stephen Brackett, opens tonight at 7:30pm at the Barrow Street Theatre.  Buyer & Cellar is scheduled to run through September 1 only.

Alex More has a story to tell.  A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar.  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.

Buyer & Cellar is the recipient of the 2013 Drama Desk, Clarence Derwent, and Off-Broadway Alliance awards.  Following the play’s world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the critics were wowed:

“An irresistible play.  Seriously funny.  The wit and invention of Mr. Tolins’s writing and the immersive storytelling skills of Mr. Urie are such that not only do they spin a sturdy narrative out of this preposterous situation, they actually persuade you to buy into it.”
--David Rooney, The New York Times

“Hilarious.  A multidimensional unraveling of our voyeuristic enjoyment of celebrity entitlement.  The best solo show in the city.”
--Peter Marks, The Washington Post

“Utterly charming and often whacky.  Under the playful and efficient direction of Stephen Brackett, Michael Urie is funny and touching, delivering a winning, sweet performance.  Tolins’s script sparkles with sly humor.
--Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“Michael Urie is hilarious…in a delectable star turn.  Buyer & Cellar is a bracingly bright, one-man fantasia about truth, celebrity, and the pursuit of utopia.”
--Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

“Giddily funny.  Michael Urie is a performer of enormous charm and warmth who can also whip out fine dramatic acting when required.”
--Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

“Fantastically funny.”
--Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

“Dense with laughs, pathos, and even a little suspense.”
--Stephan Lee, Entertainment Weekly

“Michael Urie is masterful.  Hilarious.”
--Jesse Green, New York

“Under Stephen Brackett’s intelligent, resourceful direction, this very entertaining piece  by Jonathan Tolins—packed with movie and Broadway references, jokes galore, and a number of nutty impersonations—strikes a nice balance between the wacky and the wonderful, resulting in a fantasy so delightful you wish it were true.  Michael Urie is ultra-charming.”
--The New Yorker

Buyer & Cellar plays Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm at the Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow Street, east of Seventh Avenue South.  Nearby subway stops are the 1 at Christopher Street (walk one block south on Seventh Avenue South to Barrow) and the A, C, E, B, D, F, and M at West 4th Street (walk west on West 4th Street, left on Barrow).  Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by phoning 212 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com.  The Barrow Street Theatre box office opens daily at 1pm.  For more information about Buyer & Cellar, visit www.buyerandcellar.com.

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