Atlanta's Bill Murphey is the latest regional actor to add the hit New York one-man show, Fully Committed, to his resume. The Becky Mode comedy plays Theatre in the Square of Marietta, Georgia Sept. 18-Oct. 7. Alan Kilpatrick (the Square's bash) directs.
Starting out as Sam, the stressed, out-of-work actor-cum-reservations clerk at the city's hottest four-star restaurant, Murphey portrays not only the eatery's staff (including the head chef, described by the New York Times as "Hannibal Lechter in kitchen whites'), but also a series of outrageous guests clamoring for a table. These patrons run the gamut from killer Mafiosi and rich old ladies to supermodels and Wall Street tycoons.
Mode crafted Fully Committed for Mark Setlock, whose real life experiences as an out-of-work actor desperately trying to find tables at a trendy Manhattan restaurant were the basis for her play. Other credits include writing for TV's "Cosby," HBO, Nickelodeon and Disney.
Murphey's recent credits include Aunt Dan and Lemon, Stop Kiss and Loot at Actor's Express. At Theatre in the Square, he performed in The 1940's Radio Hour, Subfertile and Andersonville Trial.
Tickets are $20-$30. The Theatre in the Square is located at 11 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta. For reservations, call (770) 422-8369. Theatre in the Square is on the web at http://www.theatreinthesquare.com. — By Christine Ehren