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Buyer & Cellar
A person who needs people.
Sandra Coudert

Real estate and celebrity gossip: They?re Angeleno obsessions. Now, these hot topics are at the heart of a new must-see show at the Mark Taper Forum, Buyer & Cellar.

While the comedy (tickets from $55) is entirely fictional, it?s set in a real-life superstar?s home--specifically, the basement of Barbra Streisand?s Malibu compound, which she turned into a shopping mall. (Seriously, it has everything from an ice-cream shop to stores full of antiques, costumes and memorabilia.)

With that as the backdrop, playwright Jonathan Tolins tells the story of an out-of-work actor who takes a job as the sole ?shopkeeper? of the stores. His lonely gig gets interesting when the lady herself--or James Brolin--pops down for some company or to ?haggle? over prices.

Did we mention it?s a one-man show? (One that received rave reviews in New York.) Barbra aside, actor Michael Urie, of Ugly Betty fame, makes it all worthwhile as he prowls the stage. He hilariously and touchingly impersonates everyone in La Streisand?s orbit--including Babs herself.

What?s not to love? The play is like butta. 

Through August 17 at the Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave.; 213-628-2772 or

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