Critics Review Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Fully Committed On Broadway

The Verdict   Critics Review Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Fully Committed On Broadway
 
Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays more than 40 characters in the one-man comedy. Here’s what critics are saying.
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The Broadway bow of Becky Mode's Fully Committed, which stars Emmy-nominated Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, officially opened April 25 at the Lycum Theatre.

Directed by Jason Moore, the production is scheduled to continue through July 24.

Ferguson plays more than 40 characters, including a harried reservations clerk at an in-demand eatery, a series of guests clamoring for a table and others.

Reviews follow. Check back for updates.

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The Wrap

For the show's Broadway debut, Mode, according to press notes, updated the play to reflect “today’s foodie and restaurant culture, which has only intensified since the piece made its debut." Barbara Whitman and Patrick Catullo produce the Broadway run.

“You think you’re having a bad day?” press notes ask. “Meet Sam. He works the red‐hot reservation line at one of New York’s trendiest restaurants, where the best food inspires the worst behavior. Coercion, petty threats, bribes, histrionics—a cast of desperate callers, all brought to life by Ferguson, will stop at nothing to land a prime reservation, or the right table in Becky Mode’s hilarious and delicious comedy. Amid the barrage, Sam has his own problems to deal with. While juggling scheming socialites, name‐dropping wannabes, fickle celebrities and egomaniacal bosses, can he still manage to look out for himself?”

Fully Committed is based on characters created by playwright Mode and original star Setlock from their experience working in the world of the high‐end restaurant industry.

The production has scenic design by Tony and Emmy Award winner Derek McLane (Beautiful, 33 Variations), costume design by Sarah Laux (The Humans), lighting design by Tony Award nominee Ben Stanton (Fun Home) and sound design by Tony Award winner Darron L West. Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock, SNL) is making his Broadway debut writing original music for the one-man comedy.

ully Committed originally opened Off-Broadway September 30, 1999, at the Vineyard starring Mark Setlock. The show then moved to the Cherry Lane Theatre running for nearly 700 performances. The play has subsequently been seen in productions around the world, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, London and Paris.

Tickets, priced $75-$145, are on sale at FullyCommittedBroadway.com.


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