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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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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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Red Herring Looks at the Evolution of Love and Pain in Chapatti

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Red Herring Looks at the Evolution of Love and Pain in Chapatti

Red Herring opened the regional premiere of Christian O’Reilly’s Chapatti, directed by Michael Garrett Herring, this weekend. It’s a lovely, warm look at how narratives shape our self-image and image in the world. It’s a stirring reminder of the reasons we all find inside ourselves to live. Chapatti focuses on two scratched-and-dented souls in Dublin, […]

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Bad Taste as Tonic in Red Herring’s Mr. Marmalade

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Bad Taste as Tonic in Red Herring’s Mr. Marmalade

Sometimes bad taste is a vital corrective to sensibilities gone stale. Red Herring’s new production of Noah Haidle’s comedy Mr. Marmalade, directed by Michael Garrett Herring brings a carnival of that refreshing tastelessness. Mr. Marmalade looks at life through the eyes of four-year-old Lucy (Katie Tolerton). Lucy passes back and forth under the less-than-watchful eyes of a […]

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Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Moving, Gripping Road to Mecca

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Red Herring’s Moving, Gripping Road to Mecca

Red Herring opened Athol Fugard’s ’80s hit The Road to Mecca last weekend in a superlative production directed by Michael Garrett Herring who also designed the sets. The Road to Mecca tells the story of Miss Helen Martins (Josie Merkle) at a point of crisis when her immaculately crafted estate full of art is under fire from bigotry […]

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Theatre Review: Intersecting Damage in Red Herring’s Unidentified Human Remains

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Intersecting Damage in Red Herring’s Unidentified Human Remains

Red Herring Theatre opened their second show in the appropriately (for the play) dingy still-being-renovated Franklinton Playhouse this weekend with Brad Fraser’s 1989 cult classic Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, directed by Michael Garrett Herring. The story centers around the malaise of young adulthood, mid-20somethings sorting through the wreckage of their earlier dreams […]

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