By Michael Hollinger
Red HerringFebruary 12, 2013 - March 23, 2013
Directed By Christopher Liam Moore
If you pay attention, will the clues lead you in the right direction?Replete with farcical spy antics and ill-fitting shoes, something smells fishy in this comedic noir fable. A pulpy delight awaits with Commie spies afoot, the H-bomb looming, Joseph McCarthy’s daughter in the wings, and a hard-boiled detective hot on the trail of a fog-filled murder case. As the knots of three convoluted relationships tie and fray, the plot-crossed lovers in this 1950s espionage bumble, subvert and strategize their way to finding each other, eventually unraveling their trysts into a riotous, inescapable tangle.
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EXTENDED! Audiences love Red Herring so we've added 4 performances. BEST SEATS are now available for these performances so buy them now!
THIS PRODUCTION WILL RUN APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS WITH ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Join the cast for a Post-Show Discussion after the 2pm matinee performances on February 17, 24 and March 3, 6, 10.
Join us before the show on March 2 when a Portland Police Homicide Detective will be available for questions and conversations. Starts at 6:30pm.
Happy Hours, Surprise Nights and Book Clubs! Click here to see a full schedule of Audience Enrichment Events.
STUDY GUIDE! Click here to download the Study Guide for this production. A great resource!
Click here to get a sneak peek at the playbill for the production.
Click here to read a detailed synopsis of our productions. Spoiler Alert!PRODUCTION HISTORY:
Red Herring had its world premiere at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia in 2000, directed by Terrence J. Nolen. It was the fourth collaboration between the theatre and the playwright. In total, Hollinger has premiered seven plays at the Arden, including three Barrymore Award winners for Outstanding New Play: Opus (one of American Theatres Top 10 most produced plays in 2009), Ghost-Writer and Red Herring. Since then, it has gone on to be prolifically produced across the nation, including in 2003 at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, and in 2004 at the 12 Miles West Theatre Company in New Jersey, directed by Brian B. Crowe.
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Read the preview Marty Hughley wrote for The Oregonian’s A&E section here.
“I love it. It’s so smart and well-written; the actors are fantastic.” - Audience Member
Abe of BePortland.com calls Red Herring a “...gut-busting hilarious” look at one of our most prized and mocked institutions – marriage – through a '50s crime-noir lens. Read that review here.“I laughed so hard; it made me so happy!” - Audience Member
"Silly spy games are the focus - or are they? - of Michael Hollinger's comedy "Red Herring," which sends up McCarthy-era Soviet paranoia while getting gumshoe on its plot..." - Washington Post
“The acting, the directing, the set, the play – everything about it is incredible!” - Audience Member
"I laughed out loud more often than at any Portland production in recent memory.," - Matthew Korfhage, Willamette Week. Read the full review here."... a rollicking good time: tightly written, fast paced, I can’t believe the actors can keep up with it. And it has a happy ending, a beautiful ending. Love triumphs over all!” - Audience Member
"Not following up this trail of often hilarious clues and wonderful performances left by this production would be a crime, and might have you end up as the fish out of water." - Faddah Wolf of Portland Stage Reviews. Read the full review here.