San Francisco has finally had its fill of dish. Fully Committed, Becky Mode's one-man comedy about life at a trendy New York City restaurant, ends its run at the Theatre on the Square Oct. 22. Ethan Sandler, the show's star, finishes off the successful run, which began in June and will take the show on tour.
Specific tour dates have not yet been announced, but Fully Committed will begin making the regional rounds in January 2001. Cities on the itinerary include Washington, DC, Chicago, Toronto and various locales in Florida.
Sandler stars as Sam, the reservation clerk and struggling actor, as well as a cornucopia of crazies, including the eatery's high strung maitre d’, egomanicial chief and the killer Mafiosi, supermodels and rich old ladies all clamoring for a table. Sandler recently spent the summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, performing in Camino Real, The Rivals and Chaucer in Rome.
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.
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 outlasted Setlock (now on tour with the piece in Los Angeles), replaced Sept. 12 by Tony Award winner Roger Bart. Tickets are $45-$30. Theatre on the Square is located at 450 Post Street. For reservations, call (415) 433-9500. Theatre on the Square is on the web at http://www.theatreonthesquare.com.
-- By Christine Ehren