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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Barbed, Beautiful Regional Premiere of ‘The Humans’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Barbed, Beautiful Regional Premiere of ‘The Humans’

Red Herring Productions wrap up their run at the Franklinton Playhouse with an electrifying production of Stephen Karam’s Tony-winning family drama The Humans, directed by McKenzi Swinehart. The Humans takes place in real-time as Brigid Blake (Becca Kravitz) and Richard Saad (Brian A. Palmer) host Brigid’s parents, Erik (Christopher Moore Griffin) and Deirdre (Nancy Skaggs), […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Darkly Beautiful ‘Knives in Hens’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Darkly Beautiful ‘Knives in Hens’

Red Herring continues its mission of bringing less-performed (in Columbus) classics to our stages with a crackling, brutal production of David Harrower’s debut Knives in Hens, directed by Penny Napoli. This tight, hundred-minute (no intermission) play centers on a rural village in a pre-industrial but post-printing press time. An unnamed young woman (Jordan Davis), married […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Taut and Disturbing ‘Building the Wall’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Taut and Disturbing ‘Building the Wall’

The core of most good writing – if it has the nerve – is an act of love, an attempt to understand. Live theatre – by putting these characters as flesh and blood people in front of us – has a sharper direct line to empathy than most other art forms. Robert Schenkkan’s near-future dystopian […]

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Review: Painful and Beautiful Slice of Americana in ‘Waiting to be Invited’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Painful and Beautiful Slice of Americana in ‘Waiting to be Invited’

Red Herring Productions teams with PAST Productions for a moving, righteous production of S. M. Shepard-Massat’s Waiting to be Invited, directed by Patricia Wallace-Winbush. Waiting to be Invited follows three friends and co-workers, Ms. Odessa (Julie Whitney-Scott), Ms. Delores (Patricia Wallace-Winbush), and Ms. Louise (Demia Kandi), in Atlanta in the early 60s, leaving work to […]

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Theater Review: Red Herring’s World Premiere of Dark Comedy Dirt

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Review: Red Herring’s World Premiere of Dark Comedy Dirt

Red Herring continues their ambitious season with the world premiere of Creighton James’ dark comedy Dirt in a visceral, frenetic mounting directed by Amanda Phillips. Dirt recasts Sam Shepard’s working-class surrealism as a cartoonish farce. Jimmy (Benjamin Turner) returns to his hometown in the heart of coal country Pennsylvania for the first time in seven […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents Michael Garrett Herring and Red Herring Theatre

Ruth Sternberg Ruth Sternberg Columbus Makes Art Presents Michael Garrett Herring and Red Herring Theatre

Michael Garrett Herring is founder and artistic director of Red Herring Productions, which produces shows at the Franklinton Playhouse, 566 W. Rich St. This is the second time that Herring, a Columbus native, has established a theater company in Columbus. The first was Red Herring Theater, which existed from 1993-2007. Herring resigned in 2001 and then moved to Chicago. While in Chicago he earned his master’s degree in nonprofit management and a […]

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Red Herring’s Gripping, Smoldering Equus at Franklinton Playhouse

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Red Herring’s Gripping, Smoldering Equus at Franklinton Playhouse

Peter Shaffer’s provocative 1973 play Equus was an almost-immediate sensation through London and Broadway productions and revivals bloom seasonally. A triumphant new production, directed by Jordan Davis, opens this weekend at Franklinton Playhouse. Equus centers on a tête-à-tête that slides between a battle of wits, fatherly tough-love instruction, and a cage match. Martin Dysart (Verne […]

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