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Gabriel Kuttner to perform Becky Mode’s ‘Fully Committed’ at Christin Herter Park beginning July 15


Keeping outdoor summer theatre alive in Brighton, local actor Gabriel Kuttner will take on Becky Mode’s devastatingly funny play Fully Committed, which will be presented at Christian Herter Park (outdoor home to the Publick Theatre) in Brighton, MA. Directed by Steven Barkhimer, the production will open July 15th and run until August 15th, with evening performances on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:00 p.m.

Gabriel will play all of the nearly forty characters in this rapid-fire comedy, at the center of which is Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who pays the bills with a nightmare job—taking reservations for a hot Manhattan restaurant. Sam juggles the phones in a rat-infested basement, suffering the pleas, threats, and desperate demands of status-obsessed New Yorkers vying for a table at the “in” spot of the moment. Sam is forced to contend with snobby VIP’s, celebrities and their entitled assistants, a gangster, socialites, and strung-out publicity agents, as well as the restaurant’s terrorizing chef (whose specialty is “global fusion”). Fully Committed premiered off-Broadway to critical acclaim in 1999 and has enjoyed several smashing runs and revivals throughout the country. Becky Mode and Mark Setlock, who played Sam in the original production, developed the play after working together at a posh Manhattan restaurant, with their experiences providing inspiration for this hilarious and biting comedy.

Gabriel Kuttner, recipient of a 2010 IRNE award for his performance in Speed the Plow at New Rep, collaborates again with Steven Barkhimer, who directed the Orfeo Group’s Elliot Norton Award-winning production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) last summer in the same theatre. Cristina Todesco will provide scenic design.

The outdoor theatre at Christian Herter Park is located on the banks of the Charles River. The theatre offers plentiful free parking and a true summer theatre experience. Patrons are encouraged to picnic and bring something to throw on the grill before the show (grills are provided). Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase.

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