CHICAGO: It is fiction. That is the first thing we are told, in no uncertain terms, in “Buyer & Cellar,” Jonathan Tolins’ wickedly funny but ultimately strangely sad fantasia on Barbra Streisand.
THEATER REVIEW: Buyer and Cellar at the Broadway Playhouse, Chicago ★★★½
There’s some employee shifting happening at Babs’ underground mall! Broadway vet Barrett Foa will begin performances in the off-Broadway hit Buyer & Cellar on May 27, taking over for Christopher J. Hanke.
Broadway In Chicago has announced that individual tickets for Buyer & Cellar, starring Michael Urie will go on-sale to the public Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Buyer & Cellar will play Chicago for a limited engagement beginning May 6, 2014 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.
“The audience is amazing. They are the other character.”
Michael Urie is finally getting out of the cellar — and hitting the road.
The former “Ugly Betty” star will kick off a mini North American tour with Jonathan Tolins’ utterly charming and often wacky one-man show Buyer & Cellar. The tour has stops lined up in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Toronto.
The acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Jonathan Tolins’ one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar, which recouped its investment last September, has extended its run once again through Aug. 31 at the Barrow Street Theatre.
Michael Urie stars in the Barbra Streisand-themed comedy Buyer & Cellar at the Barrow Street Theater.
Buyer & Cellar: Bette Midler showed that a single-character play could be full-bodied entertainment in John Logan’s ode to superagent Sue Mengers, I’ll Eat You Last. But for sheer originality in a solo work it was hard to beat Jonathan Tolins’ inspired riff on our chronic fascination with celebrity, showcasing a virtuoso comic performance by Michael Urie (pictured) as an out-of-work actor hired to toil in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement.
And, finally, for those who engage in a different kind of Jewish worship, there’s Buyer and Cellar (at the Barrow Street), quite possibly the funniest comedy of the year. A one-man show starring the exceedingly charming Michael Urie, it’s a fantasy and a farce, and also a smart consideration of the pressures of fame, perfection and being Barbra Streisand. Art, as it turns out, isn’t easy.