One Man, Many Characters

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Barbra Streisand fans will melt like butta over this: “Buyer & Cellar,” a smart, funny romp about a gay actor who lands a gig working in the star’s basement, is continuing at B Street Theatre through May 9. 

But even those who aren’t Babs fans will have a ball at this one-man show, predicts director Dave Pierini. Ever since hearing about the show’s debut off- Broadway in 2013, Pierini says, he’s been working to get the rights. B Street’s production marks “Buyer & Cellar’s” Sacramento debut. 

“It’s basically the greatest story, and such a funny story, that whether you have an audience of 2, or 50, or 100, it’ll be a hit,” says Pierini, who doubles at B Street as an artistic associate director and a member of the acting company. “It’s my favorite kind of theater because it’s pure storytelling, and it’s theatrical because it’s one guy (Nick Cleary) playing all the parts: Barbra, his boyfriend and all the people in his life.” 

While playwright Jonathan Tolins calls his play a work of fiction, “there’s a big question mark about that,” says Pierini. The real-life Streisand does, in fact, have a “basement mall” in her Malibu home—a street of “stores” to display her various collections, including a doll shop and antique clothing boutique. But whether the rest of the “Buyer & Cellar” story is true doesn’t really matter, says Pierini. “It’s funny either way,” he says. “It’s a guaranteed good time.” 

“Buyer & Cellar,” a B3 Series production, continues at B Street Theatre, 2711 B St. in Sacramento, through May 9. Tickets are $23–$35 and $5 for student rush. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bstreettheatre.org or call (916) 443-5300.

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