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One-Man Restaurant Play Serves Up A Smorgasbord of Characters

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John Manzelli as a harried scheduler at a trendy restaurant in Fully Committed at Broward Center / Photo by Natalie Tavares
John Manzelli as a harried scheduler at a trendy restaurant in Fully Committed at Broward Center / Photo by Natalie Tavares
John Manzelli as a harried scheduler at a trendy restaurant in Fully Committed at Broward Center / Photo by Natalie Tavares

By Michelle F. Solomon, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Jan 19, 2015 – The smell of whatever was cooking on the small plates dinner theater menu at the Abdo New River Room inside the Broward Center for the Performing Arts added to the plot of this restaurant play even before the curtain went up (well, there really isn’t an actual curtain) on Fully Committed.

The one-man play by Becky Mode is about a restaurant reservations taker and struggling actor Sam Peliczowski (John Manzelli) at, what the program says is “Manhattan’s most trendy new restaurant – today, at least).

Committed is one of those “back of the house” stories. In restaurant terms, the back of house is the staff area where cooks and other support staff work and is usually not see by the public. You might not want to know or see the goings on of how your food is prepared. Fully committed is restaurant lingo for completely booked.

But food is not the main indulgence in this play; it’s about Sam, and the demanding patrons on the other end of the phone, and Sam’s self-important co-workers. They include the egocentric, coke-snorting celebrity Chef whose calendar Sam needs to keep — what time will Chef be picked up to be dropped off at the helipad, and when will his GPS arrive for his new Ferrari.

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Bill Hirschman maintains a daily, comprehensive, website about theater in south Florida. It includes a calendar listing, reviews of current productions, Q&A with some of the actors, directors and producers of shows. Bill was formerly the Sun-Sentinels Theater Reviewer. His arts coverage has appeared in Variety, American Theatre magazine, Playbill.com, A&E magazine, the Miami Herald among many other outlets.