Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Fully Committed

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Fully Committed

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Fully Committed * Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City (open run) * Written by Becky Mode * Directed by Nicholas Martin * Starring Mark Setlock

The first off-Broadway hit of the new century, Fully Committed, creates more tension than a James Bond suspense caper, and it's more thrilling than a circus high-wire act--and this is a one-man show we're talking about here!

Playwright Becky Mode takes us into the cruddy town-house basement of a four-star restaurant on the upper east side of Manhattan where a lowly resevations clerk fields calls all day from 17 varieties of hyterics, tourists, and VVVIPs who just have to be a table tonight at the trendies eatery in town. This basement is one of the circles of hell Dante neglected to mention, and its sole inhabitant is Sam Peliczowski, an aspiring actor from South Bend, Ind., struggling to support his addiction to auditioning.

The amazing Mark Setlock (whose previous claim to fame was understudying Angel in rent on Broadway) plays not only Sam but also every person he's in contact with by phone, intercom, and hot line. …

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