Fully Committed is one of the most ambitious one-man shows you could imagine, and as a result it's also incredibly difficult. But thanks to Jesse Tyler Ferguson's amazing ability to play 40 roles inside of 90 minutes -- without missing a beat -- it emerges as an achievement that's something to more than marvel at. At its conclusion, after this fast-paced production releases hold of you, you'll breathe a sigh of relief along with him.
Ferguson plays everyone, but first and foremost he plays Sam, an overworked, under-appreciated aspiring actor who also serves as a scheduler for a top NYC restaurant. It's not something he's passionate about, but for the most part Sam can make the operation work. Sam must, while dealing with the chaos and the stress inside of the hot basement office, try to keep his cool. Until one evening when things start to spiral out of control thanks to the constantly ringing phone lines and the needy customers on the other end, the unreasonable demands of the restaurant's prima donna chef, and the clashing of Sam's personal life and professional ambitions.
Becky Mode's script is jam-packed not only with characters, but also with intrigue. Some storylines move quickly and furiously, giving the audience a form of agita. Other stories develop in the slow-cooker, as you get to know Sam in more subtle ways with how he handles his family responsibilities and personal connections. Some of these characters couldn't come alive nearly as well, in such focus and contrast, if not for wonderful direction from Jason Moore.
The office we look upon never changes, but Ferguson's frantic pace makes you think this small room is larger than its limited size and scope. Scenic designer Derek McLane injected just enough details and depth to the background that audience members have just enough bordering on too much to look at, interpret, and take in. It all comes together nicely like a well-planned reception.