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THEATER | 'Red Herring'

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Michael Hollinger's "Red Herring" certainly gives you your money's worth. This film noir farce, set in the rip-roaring, Red-baiting year of 1952, juggles three love stories among American and Russian spies, assumed identities, a murder mystery, a nuclear espionage plot, and (to be sure) the identity of a red herring — just to cover the basics of its 24 free-form scenes. This play sounds like a field day for clever actors; no wonder "Red Herring" has enjoyed many well-received performances in regional theater. The Penfield Players' production of "Red Herring," directed by Don Bartalo, opened last weekend, and continues this weekend and next at the Penfield Community Center.

Penfield Players will perform "Red Herring" on Friday, November 3, through Sunday, November 5, and again November 10 and November 11 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. 340-8655; penfield.org.

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