Review: 'Buyer' like a long magazine article – New York News




LATHAM, N.Y. >> Summer is for relaxing. If you are looking for a relaxing theater experience, “Buyer & Cellar” playing at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham is the ideal show. Think of it as the theater equivalent of a beach-read book.

Or, in the case of “Buyer & Cellar,” perhaps it’s more like a long magazine article. The one-man show, performed without an intermission, is only about 70-minutes long. I wouldn’t want it a minute longer, nor would I be happy if it was anything less.

“Buyer & Cellar” is about an unemployed, gay actor who gets his dream job of working for his idol, Barbra Streisand. The job consists of being the sole employee at her personal shopping mall located in the basement of her Malibu estate.

Great pains are taken to make clear that the events in “Buyer & Cellar” are fictional. But, it also points out that such a place does exist. The actress-singer has taken the mementos of her life and career and arranged them in shops by categories -– clothes, dolls, etc. — as if it were a shopping village in her home. Bizarre, but true.


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Obviously the only shopper would be Babs, who would, in effect, be buying her own things. Playwright Jonathan Tolins imagines what would happen if she had to negotiate with someone on a price for an item that she actually owned. It does happen in the play and is extremely funny.

However, if the concept suggests a lack of substance – that’s not quite true. There is something about the material that resonates with you. The character Alex More is typical of us all. When he finally meets…

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