Brian (voiced by Carlos Velazquez) lives a bitter-bitter sweet life in the DC area. His boring job as a male receptionist for a law firm does seem redeemed each evening when he returns to cuddle with his well-heeled girlfriend, Maria Fettucini (voiced by co-author Carla Boccella), in her Georgetown condo digs. That is, until Maria abruptly adds a furry and distempered third to the mix:
Glum Brian retreats to the grubby garage bachelor pad of his lifetime best friend, Jake, a seedy barkeep and angling “onTRAPanoor”. Airing out his cat miseries to Jake, Brian unwittingly sparks a fearful chain of events:
Apparently out of misplaced “concern” for his friend, Jake (played by Jeffrey Wendel), arranges a very bizarre “accident” for “Mr. Sinatra” that ultimately leaves Brian once more on sweet street with Maria.
As the guys celebrate later at Jake’s urban saloon, barfly Ralph (voiced by veteran talent Hugh Hill) overhears, and dark Fate seals the deal:
Soon, Jake and Brian have a going Cat Whackers concern. However, as “orders” proliferate, “jobs” go awry:
Mike Madden, co-author, director, and a DC criminal defense attorney by day, says that, since its 2010 launch, Washington Audio Theater has assembled a talented though motley crew of “lawyers, a sports announcer, a veteran voice actor of over three decades, a physician with a Shakespearan background, a psych nurse, and several young twenty-somethings whose employment is questionable at best”. All seem united to relieve the stress of DC by creating alternate personas.
Cat Whackers! characters as well seem unconsciously self-confined to a two-dimensional surface teeming with pop culture inferences. As Boccella observes, “The idea was to depict youthful characters locked into their own virtual realities created by their saturation with visual and social media.”
As the half-hour audio unfolds, we soon learn why Antonio (Hill again) refers to Maria’s poppa (actor Steve Ray) as Don Fettucini:
So, perhaps you think you know where this PG-13-esque Prizzi’s Honor meets the Capital Mall Rats buddy farce is headed? Not likely!
Consider it an offer … you can’t refuse.
Until next time, Audionauts, this is Captain Radio, signing off![audio:http://media.blubrry.com/radiodramarevival/www.radiodramarevival.com/captradio/captain-radio-washington-audio-theater-cat-whackers-extended.mp3]