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The Only Stage Show About Being Barbara Streisand's Personal Assistant You Need to See All Month

Adam L. Brinklow | August 18, 2014 | Story Galleries and Performance

Ugly Betty star Michael Urie brings his surreal solo show Buyer & Cellar to the Curran Theatre this month, playing a struggling actor who works for megastar Barbra Streisand as the sole employee of the underground shopping arcade on her enormous estate. The plot is fiction, but many of the play’s strangest details are true. A look at what’s fact and what’s farce.

1. Streisand’s basement shopping complex, complete with a “gift shoppe” and faux–cobblestone streets, actually exists.
TRUE: Oh, it exists all right—even the French bubble-blowing windup doll. It all exists.

2. When Babs met Buyer & Cellar playwright Jonathan Tolins, she offered him candy.
TRUE: Streisand saw Tolins in one of his plays 20 years ago. Afterward, she offered him a piece of her KitKat bar. He says, “To this day, I regret not taking it.”

3. Babs’s buddy Jane Fonda chewed Urie out after the show.
FALSE: Fonda has actually been in the underground shops and applauded the show’s authenticity.

4. Streisand raises chickens inside her guesthouse.
TRUE: Twenty-two hens and one rooster. “I wish we had room for cows and pigs,” Streisand once wrote.

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