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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

"Fully Committed's" AMAZING review

So this blog is not only about me, but about all the people I have the pleasure of meeting

As part of my journey through this crazy world of acting and auditioning and dealing with rejection, i've met a gaggle of talented folk. And a little secret about actors.

When two actors meet, they pray that the other person is talented.

Usually we don't get to see eachother's work unless we're in a show together. The draw back of having friends as actors, we're always busy on projects.

Thankfully i have a slight respite from rehearsal this coming friday and I will be seeing a dear friend perform in Jersey.

Jenelle Sosa is in a marathon of a one woman show. I'm excited to see my friend perform, but i'm also excited to celebrate her success. Her review is for yourself. And heres to talented friends

No reservations about actress' turn as harried table manager
by Peter Filichia/Star-Ledger Staff
Monday March 31, 2008, 10:00 PM

Jenelle Sosa in "Fully Committed," presented by The Theater Project, Union County College's professional theater company.Fully Committed. Where: The Theater Project, Union County College, 1033 Springfield Ave., Cranford. When: Through April 13. Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.. How much: $15 Thursdays; $22 all other performances; $10 for students. Call (908) 659-5189 or visit

Fans of the 1999 off-Broadway hit "Fully Committed" may be surprised to see it described as a one-woman show at the Theatre Project in Cranford. Playwright Becky Mode wrote it as a solo show with Mark Setlock, who originated the role of Sam Peliczowski, a struggling actor who's forced to work a day job.

But there's no reason why a woman can't make Sam short for Samantha -- and certainly not when someone as accomplished as Jenelle Sosa is raring to go. The actress has probably been helped greatly by her director in Cranford, Rick Delaney, who sure knows the material: Five years ago he portrayed Sam -- wonderfully -- at the What Exit? Theatre Company in Maplewood.

Sam's task is to answer the incessantly-ringing phones at Manhattan's hottest restaurant. That means taking calls from people who simply must be seated that night with their party of six at 8 p.m., at a table with not-too-harsh lighting that isn't anywhere near the kitchen door.
When patrons are told the restaurant is "fully committed" -- the establishment's euphemism for totally booked -- they respond with disappointment to outright fury. Add in the people who lie about having called months in advance, and the ones who truly believe they have a standing reservation. If Sam stays on this job much longer, the poor soul will be fully committed herself.

Sosa's up to the task. Sam doesn't just answer the phone on the desk, but the one on the wall, eight steps away. This phone -- symbolically, a red one -- is the private line of the ego-driven, hard-to-please chef.

Jenelle Sosa in Fully Committed

The pleasant voice Sosa uses with callers demonstrates why Sam would be hired for such a job. But that's not the only voice Sosa appropriates, for she must bring every character who calls the restaurant to verbal life. Sosa has more distinctively real accents than bouillabaisse has ingredients: She goes from Mandarin to Midwest, Long Island to Lebanese, and plays both the young and the mature.

Much of the fun of Sosa's vocal gymnastics during the 75-minute production is that we begin to recognize who's calling just from her intonations.
Yet there's more to creating a complete picture of Sam, the type who believes accepting a job goes hand-in-hand with performing it well. Because Sam is always much nicer to her tormentors, audiences root for her. And the winning Sosa makes us want to book reservations for her next event.

The review can be read online here:

Congratulations Jenelle!!!!