The Weston Playhouse continues its tradition of bringing the hottest new titles from New York to Vermont audiences with the Vermont Premiere of the hit Off Broadway comedy, Buyer & Cellar, beginning August 10 at Weston’s intimate OtherStages.
Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, Jonathan Tolins’ one-man play is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of jobs. Weston’s production is directed by Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler and stars actor Kyle Branzel, who worked together on last summer’s sidesplitting Murder for Two.
Buyer & Cellar, based on a book by Barbra Streisand about the design of her opulent and eccentric Malibu estate, imagines what it would be like to be the sole clerk in the basement shopping mall the star built in her barn. Out of work LA actor Alex More is hired to tend Streisand’s collections of costumes, dolls, gifts, and favorite foods, inspiring an entertaining and unforgettable tale about the value of possessions and relationships.
Branzel, who played all twelve suspects in Murder for Two at Weston and on the National Tour, plays Alex, Streisand, and all the other characters in Buyer & Cellar in another tour de force performance. He and director Stettler are joined by set designer Brian Dudkiewicz and costume designer Rachel Kurland from Murder for Two, lighting designer Amith Chandrashaker from Weston’s Stoop Stories, and sound designer Stowe Nelson from the original production of Buyer & Cellar.
“I love this play because it is the very essence of theatrical storytelling, and Kyle was born to play this part,” comments Stettler. “I was immediately attracted to Buyer & Cellar because it is that rare combination of brilliant comedy and a deeply human story. We’re proud and excited to be bringing it to our audience.”
For an insider’s perspective of the show, don’t miss the pre-show Director’s Talk on 8/10, 8/11 and the 8/12 matinee. Audiences attending the Sunday matinees on 8/13, 8/20 and 8/27 are invited to remain for a Talkback with the director and actor.
Buyer & Cellar runs August 10 through September 3rd at Weston’s OtherStages at the Weston Rod and Gun Club, Route 100 in Weston. Show times are Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm, with matinees Saturday at 2:00 and Sunday at 3:00. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office from 10:00-6:00pm at 802-824-5288 or by visiting westonplayhouse.org.