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
--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. (There is no evening performance on Sunday, June 23.) 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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