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Villanova Theatre's 'Red Herring' Runs Through Oct. 13

Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices.

Villanova Theatre is presenting Red Herring, in which three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices.

It was written by Michael Hollinger, an Associate Professor at Villanova, is directed by Harriet Power, and is on stage October 1 through 13 at Villanova University.  

Red Herring received its world premiere at Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia in 2000 and has since been produced dozens of times across the U.S. and in Europe, including at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Chicago’s Northlight Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, and Compagnie la Grenouillère in Paris, France (for which Hollinger also served as a translation consultant).  

Villanova Theatre is located on the Villanova University campus in Vasey Hall (at Lancaster & Ithan Aves.). Performances will be held Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets run $21-$25, with discounts available for seniors, students, M.A. in Theatre alumni, and groups. Tickets may be purchased at the Villanova Theatre Box Office (M-S, 12 -5 p.m.) in person, by phone: (610) 519-7474, or online at www.villanovatheatre.org. 

Show description:

It's 1952: America's on the verge of the H-bomb, Dwight Eisenhower's on the campaign trail, and I Love Lucy's on Monday nights. Meanwhile, Senator Joe McCarthy's daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy, and Boston detective Maggie Pelletier has to find out who dumped the dead guy in the Harbor — or else lose out on a honeymoon in Havana.  Part hard-boiled mystery, part screwball romantic comedy, Red Herring has charmed audiences around the world with its stylish, clever, and surprising humor.

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