Buyer & Cellar, by Jonathan Tolins
Directed by Melissa Firlit
January 13, 14, 15
19, 20, 21, 22
26, 27, 28, 29
Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working for beloved megastar Barbra Streisand. Streisand does indeed have a mall, with shops and all, in her Malibu mansion’s basement. It’s been compared to an Apple Store designed by your grandmother, complete with frozen yogurt counter, antique “shoppe,” vintage clothing boutique filled with “Gigi” and “Funny Girl” wardrobe pieces, a popcorn machine, and, yes, dolls.
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. Starring Andrew Start. Winner of the 2014–2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show.
Jonathan Tolins has concocted an irresistible one-man play from the most peculiar of fictitious premises — an underemployed Los Angeles actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu, Calif., basement. This seriously funny slice of absurdist whimsy creates the illusion of a stage filled with multiple people, all of them with their own droll point of view. —NY Times
A fantasy so delightful you wish it were true. —The New Yorker
Hilarious! Beyond brilliant. This show will go down like butta’! —Entertainment Weekly
Fantastically funny. —NY Post