Fully Committed, Becky Mode's one-man tour de force, ends the Boston leg of its tour Jan. 14. The comedy had announced an original closing date of Jan. 7, but extended one week. The comedy's original star, Mark Setlock, left the company on Jan. 7.
During Fully Committed's final week, from Jan. 9-14, Patrick McNulty replaced Setlock. A recent graduate of American Conservatory Theatre's Masters of Fine Arts program, McNulty appeared in A.C.T.'s productions of The Threepenny Opera (with Bebe Neuwirth), The Misanthrope and the title role in Pericles. A founding member of Roadworks Productions in Chicago, he has played in their Suburbia, The Lights, Was and his own one-person show, E.E. Cummings: AS IS.
Starting out as Sam, the stressed out-of-work actor-cum-reservations clerk at the city's hottest four-star restaurant, McNulty portrays not only the eatery's staff but 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.
Director Nicholas Martin was recently named artistic director of Boston's Huntington Theatre , a role he is having much success with with the company's recent hit production of Hedda Gabler. He won the 1999 Obie Award for Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation and also directed Bosoms and Neglect at the Signature and Full Gallop.
Fully Committed first opened Off-Broadway Sept. 30, 1999 with fully-committed reviews, extending, at the time, through Oct. 30 at the Vineyard. The show then moved to the Cherry Lane Theatre, where it continues to run with Roger Bart in the role. Setlock, after leaving the New York show, took it to Los Angeles' Coronet Theatre Sept. 12-Nov. 19. Tickets in Boston are $55-$25. The Wilbur Theatre is located at 246 Tremont Street. For reservations, call (617) 931-2787. Fully Committed is on the web at www.FullyCommitted.com.
— By Christine Ehren