What do you get as a gift for playwright Jonathan Tolins, who wrote the comic solo turn, “Buyer and Cellar,” to toast his honors at the Drama Desk Awards earlier this week?
Zach Theatre sent the star of its staging, J. Robert Moore, to New York to help surprise Tolins with as many actors as could be found who have played Alex, the show’s pivotal character, around the country.
The character staffs a shopping mall that Barbra Streisand has created in her basement to store her collections of antiques, dolls, clothing and so forth. It’s more complicated than that, but you get the picture.
Among the familiar actors who have played Alex is Michael Urie, best known for his portrayal of Marc St. James on “Ugly Betty.” Social tidbit from the awards show: Moore says Urie is amazingly warm.
“How funny to perform in a show completely alone, and then to suddenly become a part of a family of actors who have all done the same show across the country,” Moore writes. “It was thrilling for a musical theater kid like me to see some of Broadway’s legends at the awards, and to actually speak with them at the after party! We are calling our group: ‘The Brotherhood of Barbra.’ I hope she approves!”
UPDATE: The last name of Jonathan Tolins has been updated.