When Mark Setlock, the original star of Becky Mode's one-man hit, Fully Committed, moved with the show to Boston, actor Ethan Sandler, soon to be doing the national tour of the comedy, took over at Los Angeles' Coronet Theatre. Sandler's stint is open ended.
Starting out as Sam, the stressed, out-of-work actor-cum-reservations clerk at the city's hottest four-star restaurant, Sandler 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.
Sandler recently spent the summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, performing in Camino Real, The Rivals and Chaucer in Rome. He has also been performing his own solo show, =celebration, about his journey to Disney's Celebration community, most recently at San Francisco's Marsh Theatre.
Mode crafted Fully Committed for actor 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.
Director Martin was recently named artistic director of the Huntington Theatre in Boston, a role he assumed in fall 2000. 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.
Tickets in Los Angeles are $45-$38.50. The Coronet Theatre is located at 366 North La Cienega Boulevard, one block north of Beverly Boulevard. For reservations, call (310) 657-7377. Fully Committed is on the web at www.FullyCommitted.com.
-- By Christine Ehren