Jason Booth to Star in 'Fully Committed' at Surf City Hotel

Broadway Play as Dinner Theatre Production
By VICTORIA FORD | Sep 10, 2019
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Surf City — Fans of Jason Booth, the popular Long Beach Island musician, might enjoy seeing him in a different style of performing art this fall.

Surf City Hotel presents “Fully Committed” by Becky Mode, with a dinner theater format on Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 9. Dinner will be served in the restaurant at 6 p.m., followed by the show in the Beach Club at 8:30 p.m.

The show originally opened off-Broadway in 1999. In 2016 it opened at the Lyceum on Broadway, with the lead role played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson from ABC’s “Modern Family.”

Now, Booth stars in this highly entertaining one-act play that follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the reservation line at Manhattan’s number-one restaurant. Booth plays 40 wildly diverse characters, among them the harried but even-tempered Sam, a chef who bullies him, a chipper assistant to Gwyneth Paltrow, an imposing socialite, and other New York types desperate to land a prime reservation or the right table.

The New York Times called “Fully Committed” “immensely entertaining, a richly comic affirmation of everything I’ve ever heard, or suspected, about the bad behavior that good food can inspire.” Time Out NY wrote: “Hilarious and touching, gallops along at a swift, almost frantic pace,” and The New York Post called it “a sparkling one-man tour de force… very funny and very believable.”

For Booth, the show is especially meaningful as it marks his first acting role in almost five years. Acting is a passion he put on hold when he started playing music full-time. “So I’m excited to get back into it,” he said.

Surf City Hotel restaurant manager Sandy Goldsborough and Booth bonded over their shared love of theater when they first met a few years ago, he explained. She approached him late last year about doing the play, and he jumped at the opportunity.

“It’s a play about the hospitality industry, so anyone who has either worked in bars, restaurants, or hotels would love it,” he said. “At the same time, anyone who has ever been a patron to these types of places can appreciate it as well.”

Booth studied acting and writing throughout high school and college. After he graduated, on a whim he got a music gig at the Surf City Hotel, and that whim turned into a 15-year profession.

“I’m really excited to make this show a reality after nearly a year of conversation about it,” he said. He’s also eager for friends and family to see him onstage in a different light: “I just won’t be singing this time around!”

Tickets are $60 per person plus tax and gratuity for a three-course plated dinner and show. Call Goldsborough at 609-494-7281 extension 303 or email sandy@surfcityhotel.com. There is limited availability for both performances.

The historic Surf City Hotel, under ownership of the Gewirtz family since 2017, combines a storied history with newly upgraded hotel rooms and restaurant/ bar facilities. Additional information is available at surfcityhotel.com.

—V.F.

victoria@thesandpaper.net

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