A Houston holiday tradition comes to an end as Radio Music Theatre prepares to close its doors forever in April of next year. In 1985, Steve Farrell wrote an original comedy about a holiday gathering gone wrong, and the three-person company of the Radio Music Theatre has been busy ever since. A Fertle Holiday has spawned 14 additional plays featuring the lovably dysfunctional Fertle family and the residents of Dumpster, TX, all brought to life by Farrell, his wife Vicki Farrell, and Rich Mills 50 weeks out of the year.
Originally opened as The Comedy Workshop, Radio Music Theatre has been serving up 33 years of non-stop comedy. 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!" He's also hard at work writing a proper sendoff for the residents of Dumpster. A Fertle Farewell is set to open on January 20 and will run through April 30, 2011. "The April 30th show sold out first," Farrell laughed, "Now it seems that tickets are selling out in reverse."
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[In addition to regular performances of A Fertile Holiday on Fridays (8:30pm) and Saturdays (8:30pm and 10:30 pm), Radio Music Theatre has added 10:30pm performances on December 10th and 17th and 8:30pm performances on December 21st and 22nd. A Fertile Holiday opened November 26th and runs through January 15th. To purchase tickets call 713.522.7722 Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM - 7 PM.]