A Fertle Holiday

Like all of RADIO MUSIC THEATRE’S popular Fertle Family comedies, I Love You, but You’re Sitting on My Cat stars RMT regulars Vicki Farrell, Rich Mills, and writer/director Steve Farrell as the many residents of Dumpster, Texas.  Steve originally wrote this comedy in 1987 as a one-act sequel to Grandpa Hasn’t Moved in Days, his play about the death of Reverend Ned Fertle.  But Steve hadn’t guessed that the Fertles would be so popular, and he quickly regretted having killed off the family patriarch.  So Farrell began writing new two-act comedies featuring a living Ned Fertle, and sticking the plays into the line-up before Ned’s death.  By the time the fourteen-play Fertle series was complete, Grandpa Hasn’t Moved in Days had been pushed back to number twelve in the chronology, providing Reverend Fertle with a much longer life.  So this two-act version of I Love You, but You’re Sitting on My Cat features all of the original Fertle clan, alive and well.  The show was so popular that it ran three times, for a total of one year.  Two of those runs took place during the 1990’s, but this final version opened in January of 2006.  The performances used in this production were recorded in April, when the show was in its top form. 

I Love You, but You’re Sitting on My Cat finds the Fertles in financial trouble.  So when they read in The Sporadical (Dumpster’s erratically-published newspaper) about a local couple winning big at a nearby casino, they’re ready to hop on the free shuttle bus to The Pink Palace in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Adding to the excitement, the simple-minded Earl has come up with what seems to be a surefire plan for winning.  In fact, his gambling scheme is so enticing that everyone is ready to chip in for a full assault on the roulette tables.  But a run of bad luck leads Lou Fertle to a nasty confrontation with the casino’s sleazy owner, Tony Mandini.  Throw in a karaoke contest, Pete’s new earring, and a concert by a washed-up rock star and you’ve got yourself a fun, laugh-filled comedy adventure!  It takes hump to ride on The Big Pink Bus, but you’ll have hump once you’ve seen I Love You, but You’re Sitting on My Cat—and you’ll know what “hump” means.