For my 23rd year with The Barnstormers, they tasked me with this gorgeous one-man 90-minute adventure. Huge challenge. Standing ovations every night. Great sharing with the audience. And both reviews called it a "tour de force." Not bad for three weeks' work.
From the lovely BroadwayWorld review by Dan Marois:
"Every character is masterfully created by Shapiro who must carry both sides of every conversation, making lightning-fast switches between Sam and the caller, then racing to another phone to get the next call, while placing several more on hold.
Casting the right actor is crucial to the show’s success. The person needs an enormous amount of energy to traverse the expanse of the set, juggle the absurdity of the situation, and create distinctive characters in voice and physical presence. Directors, Dori Robinson and Jordan Ahnquist, made a brilliant choice in casting Shapiro for the role. He is comfortable with the demands of the part and keeps the audience engaged in every moment with comic genius and perfect command of the stage.
Shapiro garnered a quick standing ovation on opening night. It is well deserved for his brilliance of keeping the audience “fully engaged” in this unique production, Fully Committed."
Also read the Conway Daily Sun review...
with more pictures!