The Story of Burford, Category 5

Imagine that a Category 5 hurricane lands a direct hit on Galveston, cutting a new ship channel all the way to Houston. It’s the stuff of nightmares for Bill White, but comedy fodder for Radio Music Theatre with The Story of Burford, Category 5. Longtime troupe members Steve and Vicki Farrell and Rich Mills take on multiple roles. They portray a Midland family recently transplanted to a flood-prone Houston neighborhood, as well as the “Spy Eye News Team” covering the weather event. “A shared disaster like a hurricane gives people something to talk about,” writer Steve Farrell notes. “So this should be perfect tonic for Houstonians as we enter another hurricane season.” Much of the material, he admits, comes out of his own family’s experiences during Hurricanes Alicia and Ike. “We shared our fears but also laughed at our own helplessness. All you can do is go along for the ride and hope you’ve stored enough food, water — and batteries.” (You don’t know what a real disaster is until your kids run out of triple A’s and can’t power up their Nintendo DS.) 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturdays. Through August 30. 2623 Colquitt. For information, call 713-522-7722 or visit $22.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Starts: May 15. Continues through Aug. 29, 2009
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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
Contact: Bob Ruggiero