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BUYER AND CELLAR Starring Michael Urie to Transfer to Barrow Street Theatre

TICKETS ON SALE TODAY
SOLD-OUT, CRITICALLY- ACCLAIMED COMEDY

BUYER & CELLAR
STARRING MICHAEL URIE

WRITTEN BY JONATHAN TOLINS

DIRECTED BY STEPHEN BRACKETT

TO TRANSFER TO BARROW STREET THEATRE

BEGINNING TUESDAY, JUNE 18
OPENING MONDAY, JUNE 24

THE YEAR’S BEST REVIEWED PLAY
NOMINATED FOR DRAMA DESK,
OUTER CRITICS’ CIRCLE, DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – Producers Darren Bagert, Dan Shaheen, and Ted Snowdon have announced that the hit comedy Buyer & Cellar, starring Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”), written by Jonathan Tolins, and directed by Stephen Brackett, will transfer to the Barrow Street Theatre for a ten-week engagement beginning Tuesday, June 18, at 7:30pm and opening Monday, June 24.  Tickets go on sale today.

Buyer & Cellar opened April 3 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (where it currently plays through May 12) to unanimous rave reviews—and has received nominations for 2013 Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, and Drama League awards.

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

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.

Michael Urie played Marc St. James on the hit series “Ugly Betty.”  His New York theatre credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway), The Cherry Orchard (CSC), Angels in America (The Signature), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Theatre World Awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull), Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights).  Regionally, he's worked for The Old Globe, Vineyard Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Folger Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Hyde Park (Austin), and The Blank (LA).  Film includes He's Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You For Judging (co-director/exec producer), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, WTC View, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Decoy Bride, and Petunia.  He starred in the television series “Partners” and trained at Juilliard.

Jonathan Tolins's plays include The Twilight of the Golds (Booth Theater), If Memory Serves (Promenade Theater), The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick and Century Center), and Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages).  Jon 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.  He has written for the Academy Awards and the Tony Awards, and co-wrote Bette Midler's Divine Miss Millennium Tour and The Showgirl Must Go On in Las Vegas.

Stephen Brackett’s credits include The Trouble With Doug (TheatreWorks), The Material World (Dixon Place), American River (Lesser America), After (Partial Comfort), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), The Tenant (Woodshed Collective), David Mixner’s From the Front Porch (Dixon Place), The Sporting Life (Studio 42), F#@king Up Everything (NYMF), The Ones That Flutter (Summer Play Festival), PN1923.45LS01 Volume 2 (FringeNY), and Kilroy Was Here: A Styx Rock Opera (Williamstown). Assistant Director: Passing Strange (The Public and Belasco Theaters).

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; projection design is by Alex Koch.  The production stage manager is Hannah Woodward.

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, in the heart of Greenwich Village.  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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