Red. Herring is a blunt-nosed, sharp-eyed look at love and tying (and untying, and retying) the knot. The plot follows the attempts of three couples to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of love and marriage.
The three love stories: a murder mystery and a nuclear espionage plot, converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices.
Set in 1952 as America is on the verge of the H-bomb, Dwight Eisenhower’s on the campaign trail, and I Love Lucy’s on Monday nights.
Hardboiled homicide detective Maggie Pelletier is investigating a murder on the Boston docks, and her beau, FBI agent Frank Keller, is pursuing a spy ring.
Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, clean-cut physicist James proposes marriage to his sweetheart Lynn – who happens to be the (fictional) daughter of that infamous Commie hunter, Senator Joe McCarthy. But James also shares a secret with Lynn: he’s a Soviet spy.
“That’s so glamorous!” says Lynn. “Wait till I tell Daddy!”
Eventually, all three storylines intersect in a plot that mixes marriage, microfilm, mistaken identity, a bridal salon, a nuclear test, and a box of Velveeta.
The Theatre Factory’s production of Red Herring opens May 19th and runs through the 27th. Tickets at: https://onthestage.tickets/show/the-theatre-factory1/62cd69202be4bf0e284f6ad5/tickets
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