What do Naomi Campbell, Tim Zagat, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Diane Sawyer have in common this week?
All have designs on tables at one of New York’s swankiest restaurants and actor Christopher Willard brings them and 36 other characters to life in Thingamajig Theatre Company’s production of “Fully Committed,” continuing this week Thursday through Saturday at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
Willard brought the house down, starting on Friday as the Center celebrated its Gala Grand Opening, with dining hosted by the Alley House Grille. Decadent food and impeccable service, coupled with lovely piano playing by Tony Saladino, created the perfect ambiance for browsing art by some of our local favorites such as, Karina Silver, Sandy Applegate and Paula Jo Miller while enjoying cocktails and good company. Again on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, patrons watched in amazement as Willard deftly carried 90 minutes of comedy through his one-man 40 character obstacle course.
“It’s a terrific story about the triumph of the little guy trying to rise above the establishment, which seems set to grind him even further into the pavement,” Willard says. “Sam is a genuine, likeable fellow who just needs a break but doesn’t know how to get it. By the end of this nightmarish day of working the phones, he’s found a step up to help him better his situation.”
And by the end of the 90-minute show, audiences have gotten so drawn in by Willard’s constantly changing mannerisms, tones of voice, characterizations and dilemmas that viewers almost sigh the kind of relief that comes after a completely satisfying — but intense — day of skiing, hiking or mountain biking. We wouldn’t be surprised if the audience all headed for a relaxing soak in the hot springs after the show.
“I am just exhausted! I don’t know how he does it, “commented several of the theatregoers after Friday night’s premier performance.
Audiences were impressed and excited to enjoy professional theatre right here in Pagosa Springs, especially since the lobby of the theatre has been filled by beautiful music and intriguing art. It has become apparent that showing up early for a theater production to enjoy the music and art as well as a glass of wine and a treat from the Pagosa Bakery with friends is the most gratifying way to spend the evening out.
The award winning actor, writer and director Christopher Willard is only in town for three more nights, and this is an experience that cannot be missed. Book your tickets today for the final three performances of Fully Committed!
Performances begin at 7 p.m. and run April 21, 22 and 23. Tickets are only $15 and are available by phone at 731-SHOW or on the website at pagosacenter.org. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.