A Fertle Holiday

A Houston holiday tradition comes to an end when Radio Music Theatre closes its doors forever next April. After working in Minneapolis and then Houston’s comedy scene for seven years, Steve Farrell wrote the original comedy A Fertle Holiday in 1985 about a holiday gathering gone wrong, and the Radio Music Theatre was born. The three-person company has been busy with the Fertles ever since. A Fertle Holiday has spawned 14 additional plays featuring the lovably dysfunctional Fertle family and the residents of Dumpster, Texas, all brought to life by Farrell, his wife Vicki Farrell and Rich Mills for 50 weeks out of the year.

But it’s been 33 years of nonstop comedy for the group, and now it’s time to take their final curtain call. Farrell’s already hard at work writing a proper sendoff for the residents of Dumpster: A Fertle Farewell. According to Farrell, the company began mapping out plans for retirement about five years ago. “This will be the first real break we’ve had since the ‘70s!” 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturdays. Additional performances 10:30 p.m. December 10 and 17, and 8:30 p.m. December 21 and 22. Through January 15. 2623 Colquitt. For information, call 713-522-7722 or visit www.radiomusictheatre.com. $25.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 26. Continues through Jan. 15, 2010

 
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