Two comedies, “Fuddy Meers” and “Fully Committed,” are moving from not-for-profit theaters to commercial Off Broadway venues.
David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Fuddy Meers,” playing at the Manhattan Theatre Club, will travel downtown in the new year to the Minetta Lane Theater; previews will begin Jan. 28, with a Feb. 10 opening. Jean Doumanian and MTC are producers and have made offers to the original seven-member cast — headed by J. Smith-Cameron as a kidnapped amnesiac –to reprise their roles.
Lindsay-Abaire, a recent grad of a Juilliard playwrighting program, could well have two shows running Off Broadway in 2000. He has written an as-yet untitled comedy for standup-actress Janeane Garofalo’ stage debut. In an interview with Daily Variety, the playwright described Garofalo’s character as “a woman desperately trying to escape a world of squelched dreams, equipped with little more than a sliver of hope and brazen, caustic wit.” The play is expected to open in spring.
Lindsay-Abaire is repped by the Gersh Agency. His first screenplay, “Road to Ruin,” is in development at 20th Century Fox.
The Vineyard Theater production of Becky Mode’s comedy “Fully Committed” takes up residence at the Cherry Lane Theater on Dec. 14 for an official opening two days later. Mark Setlock (“Rent”) reprises his role as a harried reservations clerk at a four-star Manhattan restaurant.
A sign of the times: There are more producers on “Fully Committed” than people onstage. David Stone, Jesse L. Martin, Adam Pascal and Susan Quint Gallin are presenting the Vineyard production of Mode’s one-person show.
Last year, Stone, Martin and Pascal put up money for workshop productions of the comedy at the Adirondacks Theater Festival and the New York Theater Workshop. Martin and Pascal had performed in “Rent” with Setlock.
Mode, who writes for the “Cosby” show, is repped by William Morris.