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Going Solo

Five one-man shows to catch this week.

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Colin Quinn, Bette Midler, and Alan Cumming.   

Buyer & Cellar
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; Through 5/12; 224 Waverly Pl., nr. Perry St.; 212-627-2556
Michael Urie stars in this hilarious, and oddly loving, comedy about a struggling actor who takes a job working in the basement of a megacelebrity’s Malibu home. It closes this week, so snag a ticket today.

I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers
Booth Theatre; Thru 6/30; 222 W. 45th St., nr. Broadway; 212-391-8886
The 85-minute monologue, in which Bette Midler portrays one of Hollywood’s most successful talent agents, is an event without quite being a play. But the prodigious talent is still mesmerizing to watch.

Ann
Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Thru 9/1; 150 W. 65th St., nr. Broadway; 212-362-7600
Actress Holland Taylor wrote this one-woman show, in which she plays the legendary, late Texas governor Ann Richards. And although Richards—in the person of Holland Taylor—may not sing, she delivers something the belty orphan can’t: realpolitik laced with dirty jokes.

Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional
Barrow Street Theatre; Thru 6/3; 27 Barrow St., nr. Seventh Ave. South; 212-243-6262
Who better to shine a light on history than a comedian? For just over one jam-packed hour, Quinn riffs on everything from the Constitution to immigration law to the Kardashians. He may have the skills to make us laugh at ourselves, but this stuff is no joke. Especially the Kardashians part.

Macbeth
Ethel Barrymore Theatre; Thru 6/30; 243 W. 47th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-239-6200
The wicked-smart National Theatre of Scotland update stars Alan Cumming as Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and (almost) everyone else, set in a psychiatric hospital for maximum dread.


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