Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a talented actor. His Leaf Coneybear was integral to the success of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE and his excellent comic timing shines on the TV program “Modern Family.” Mr. Ferguson is more than up to the challenge of FULLY COMMITTED.
FULLY COMMITTED is a one-man show about a struggling actor who takes phone reservations for one of the hottest restaurants in Manhattan. He also plays all the people who call in; patrons, the Chef, the Maître D’, Gwyneth Paltrow’s assistant and 40 others. This should be a tour-de-force performance, but it isn’t.
Each character has a pose and a voice, but no soul, no humanity, no reality. The approach was lazy and the Director, Jason Moore, should have done more. This show is amazing when the performer inhabits all of these recognizable New York types. The way Jason Moore and Jesse Tyler Ferguson put together this production, the only truth on stage is when Mr. Ferguson plays the sweet, suffering main character. What a wasted opportunity.