Dark Comedy Flag Day from Critically-Acclaimed Second Wind Productions
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Michael Urie of Ugly Betty and Broadway fame (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), stars in this award-winning comedy about a struggling actor with a very odd job. In Buyer & Cellar, Alex (Urie) works in the basement "mall" of Hollywood and Broadway mega-star Barbra Streisand's Malibu home, essentially selling her own collectibles back to her. When the diva descends downstairs, she and Alex form an unlikely -- and unstable -- friendship. Buyer & Cellar is a hilarious comedy about the cost of things and the true cost of fame. Playwright Jonathan Tolins (The Twilight of the Golds, Secrets of the Trade) reunites with Urie for this production, after working with him on the TV series Partners. Learn More
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Featured review from K.L.
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I hadn't understood going in that this production is essentially two mini-plays (one before intermission and one after) with no connection other than the fact they both address issues of race (and use some of the same actors). I found the first one riveting and the second one a bit tedious. The acting was solid, but I'm not sure how deep or effective the racial explorations were. There's certainly fodder for good conversation after the show, but I didn't find the "talk-back" with the actors, director, and producer afterward to be enlightening; I'd suggest just getting a coffee with friends and talking about it that way instead. Overall: a solidly good but not great show.
High atop a corporate office building, two men – one white, one black – seek harmony in their high-pressure world. When their simmering prejudices need venting, they resort to a corporate-approved ‘solution’ that lets them speak their minds in this hilariously dark comedy. Meanwhile, in a story inspired by real-life tragedy, a young writer imagines the long conversation between a dying white man who lies embedded in a car windshield and the black woman who is trying desperately not to let this distraction ruin her celebration of Flag Day. Second Wind Productions has been called “invigorating and exciting” by the San Francisco Examiner, “witty and compassionate” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and “small theatre at its best” by the Bay Guardian. Don’t miss this West Coast Premiere by Pulitzer Prize nominee, Lee Blessing.
About the Ticket Supplier: Second Wind ProductionsNow in its 24th year, Second Wind Productions has performed from San Francisco to Edinburgh, Scotland. Its production of The Gravedigger's Tango was called "fascinating, classy, invigorating, and smart," by The San Francisco Examiner. "Effortlessly enthralls... gripping suspense deftly rendered," writes the SF Bay Times of Second Wind's production of The Woman in Black. And the Marin Independent writes, "Second Wind has a goal that is rare in today's bottom-line theatre world: to use the stage to explore social and political issues that impact ordinary American lives."
Second Wind is dedicated to theatre that approaches social and political issues from the human perspective. They embrace the tradition of theater as an instrument of both education and catharsis.