THE Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Becky Mode’s one man play Fully Committed, is the story of Sam, a struggling actor who pays the rent by working as a reservations clerk in the basement of New Yorks most exclusive restaurant, a chic uptown eatery that is regularly booked to capacity (fully committed).
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It’s a place where only the cream of society and those with certain connections are to be found, if... they can secure a table.
Comedian Marcus Brigstocke takes on the exhaustive role of Sam, an unflappable nice guy, who juggles the torrent of incoming phone calls, as elderly socialites, confused tourists, full on PR assistants and mafia types all vie for some preferential treatment.
Flitting to and fro between his call desk, the dining room intercom and the head chef’s hotline, Brigstocke paces it perfectly and delivers the laughs, as he drops in and out of the many interlaced conversations, inhabiting the forty or so different characters with a natural sense of ease.
From irate demanding customers to an exasperated Maître D’ or Sam’s own widowed father calling to arrange Christmas, Brigstocke neatly identifies them all during an excellent non stop solo performance.
Until August 30