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Buyer & Cellar

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Jonathan Tolins

COMPANY : ART Station Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ART Station Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 5128

SHOWING : September 14, 2017 - September 17, 2017

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. 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.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Paul Conroy
Alex Elliott Folds
Alex u/s Max Mattox
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REVIEWS

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Bought and Sold
by playgoer
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
4.5
Jonathan Tolins’ "Buyer & Cellar" was inspired by Barbra Streisand’s coffee table book of photographs of her Malibu home, which includes a replica shopping mall in a basement on the property. Mr. Tolins imagines that a struggling L.A. actor with some retail experience is hired to man this mall. The play tells the fictional story of how he was hired and ultimately fired from this position.

The actor (Alex) has a boyfriend (Barry) and interacts with Babs, her husband James Brolin, and various people involved in his employment. Elliott Folds portrays all of them with subtle vocal, positional, and posture changes (although his difference between Alex and Barry is so subtle it’s scarcely apparent). It all works very well. Mr. Folds’ easy audience rapport and command of the material keep things moving at a brisk pace, with humor abounding.

Michael Hidalgo’s scenography gives us an elegant room with wainscoted walls, a sofa and a desk. Barbra’s book is prominently spotlighted on the side, resting on a stool. Paul Conroy’s sound design is neatly coordinated with projections of the grand stairway leading down to the basement, adding to the simple, elegant effect. Mr. Conroy’s blocking makes good use of the stage, turning this show into a delight from start to finish.

Mr. Folds’ one-man performance has been greeted with raucous applause at ART Station, where the typical audience tends toward well-heeled retirees. One can only imagine the reception in March when the same production moves to Out Front, with its largely gay-based audience. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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