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'Buyer & Cellar' Opens At Westport Country Playhouse

Michael Urie reprises his award-winning Off-Broadway role in “Buyer & Cellar” at Westport Country Playhouse June 14-July 3.
Michael Urie reprises his award-winning Off-Broadway role in “Buyer & Cellar” at Westport Country Playhouse June 14-July 3. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. – The original Off-Broadway production of the critically acclaimed comedy “Buyer & Cellar” will take the stage of Westport Country Playhouse from Tuesday, June 14, through Sunday, July 3.

Michael Urie, who won the Drama Desk, Clarence Derwent, Lucille Lortel and LA Drama Critics awards for originating the role of Alex More in the show, will reprise his performance at the playhouse. The Westport staging will be helmed by Stephen Brackett, who also directed the Off-Broadway show, as well as the original artistic team.

“Buyer & Cellar” tells the story of a woman named Barbra who has a mall in the basement of her Malibu mansion. Alex More, played by Urie, is a struggling LA actor who finds himself with the odd job of the mall’s shopkeeper. He takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of fame and friendship at the outer reaches of American celebrity.

Urie is well-known for the role of Marc St. James on the award-winning “Ugly Betty” television series. A two-time Drama Desk Award winner, he will host the 2016 Drama Desk Awards ceremony on Sunday. In addition to “Ugly Betty,” Urie’s television credits include the role of Gavin Sinclair in “Modern Family,” as well as “Partners,” “The Good Wife” and “Hot in Cleveland."

The comedy is written by Jonathan Tolins, a resident of Fairfield. Tolins’ plays, in addition to “Buyer & Cellar,” are “The Twilight of the Golds,” “If Memory Serves,” “The Last Sunday in June,” “Secrets of the Trade” and “The Forgotten Woman."

New York’s public television station, Channel 13, will tape a performance of “Buyer & Cellar” during its run at the playhouse for later broadcast on “Theater Close-Up.”

“Buyer & Cellar” performances are scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Single tickets start at $30. Click here for more information and to buy tickets, or call the box office at 203-227-4177 or 888-927-7529.

The Westport Country Playhouse is at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport.

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