Fully Committed

Theater, Comedy
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
 (Photograph: Joan Marcus)
Photograph: Joan Marcus
 (Photograph: Joan Marcus)
Photograph: Joan Marcus
 (Photograph: Joan Marcus)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Fully Committed: Theater review by Adam Feldman

Before he became a household name as the uptight Mitchell on Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson was one of New York’s most inventive comic character actors. You can sense his delight at stretching those muscles in the Broadway revival of Fully Committed, Becky Mode’s 1999 comedy about the power of entitlement. Ferguson plays Sam, a frustrated actor and harried reservationist at an ultra-trendy Manhattan restaurant. (The menu features edible dirt.) Over the course of 80 minutes, he also portrays some three dozen other people: a hilariously abusive frat-boy chef; a haughty French maître d’; a gentle Midwestern dad; the assistant of a Hollywood star with ludicrous demands; and, funniest of all, a monstrously aggressive regular named Carolann Rosenstein-Fishburn.

Ferguson's performance is necessarily broad, and not always precise: a half-British accent creeps into several voices. But it hardly matters. The actor’s likability glazes his hamminess with sugar, and the play, while not very filling, can be enjoyed with few reservations.—Adam Feldman

Lyceum Theatre (Broadway). By Becky Mode. Directed by Jason Moore. With Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Running time: 1hr 20mins. No intermission.

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Going into this show I had heard it was ALL energy and Jesse Tyler Ferguson does not disappoint. A one man show set in the basement of a fancy Manhattan restaurant, Jesse delivers multiple voices and characters in a seamless fashion. Its a 90 minute show but feels like 15 as you are swept away on a rollercoaster of personalities and a storyline that leaves you wanting more. If you missed this show then you really missed out on a class act and when the show ended, Jesse received a very well deserved standing ovation. Simply brilliant.