|Michael Urie. Photo: © Sandra Coudert|
By Jonathan Tolins
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Starring Michael Urie
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
(transfer to Barrow Street Theatre opens June 24, 2013)
What's It All About?
Struggling actor Alex More (Michael Urie, from TV's "Ugly Betty") is hired to be the storekeeper in an underground shopping mall beneath the Malibu mansion of Barbra Streisand, as detailed in her coffee table book. When the star visits to browse the items she has stocked in her quaint little shopping center like a doll that blows bubbles, she bonds with alex and the two become friends. Or at least as good friends as you can becme when one of you is a supertar above ground.
What are the Highlights?
Very witty and great fun if you're a Barbra fan. Urie is engaging and quite adorable as the guy trying to figure out how to keep the oddest odd job.
What are the Lowlights?
It's a bit too long at about 110 minutes without intermission. Shaving 20-30 minutes off (easily done) will make this even sharper for its new home at Barrow Street.
At Barrow Street, 27 Barrow Street, east of Seventh Avenue South:
Buyer & Cellar plays Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $75: 212 868-4444; www.smarttix.com. More info: www.buyerandcellar.com.
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