Barbra Streisand's Basement
Buyer & Cellar
Except perhaps for London’s West End, New York City’s Broadway is probably what most theatre-lovers consider to be the paradise of plays – known as much for its blinding Times Square lights and flashing billboards, as it is for the smaller Off Broadway (and even smaller Off Off Broadway) productions, the Big Apple keeps even the most thorough of theatre fiends content with sheer variety and scope. And quickly taking the cake as this year’s surprise rave success is the one-man show Buyer & Cellar, running back-to-back sold-out performances in the charming West Village Barrow Street Theatre.
Written by Jonathan Tolin and performed by Michael Urie, Buyer & Cellar has since its April debut been lauded a smash hit by critics for both its razor-sharp wit and genuinely funny premise – the plotline follows an actor who has moved to Los Angeles and taken a job in Barbra Streisand’s basement, in which the legendary singer has built a series of kooky stores (doll shop and costume shop among them). So popular has this refreshingly original play proved, that although slated to run only until the end of this month, Buyer & Cellar has been extended to run until 2014, with Los Angeles to be the next stop. Catch it before it’s too late!