Red Herring


CMU’s University Theater Summer Tour events are always island favorites. Their second show this year is a Red Herring in more than title. Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devises.


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The always popular CMU University Theater program offers up a Red Herring by Michael Hollinger for its second show of their Beaver Island Run.

About the play: Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devises.  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 show dumped the dead guy in the harbor – or else los out on a honeymoon in Havana.  A blunt-nosed, sharp-eyed look at love and tying (an untying, and retying) the knot.

“With all the “red herrings” in Red Herring, it doesn’t really matter who-done-it. It’s just fun laughing at all the zany and comical capers.” —Shepherd Express

“Hollinger specializes in creating cockeyed plots in familiar, historically-based settings; he clearly has a talent for comedy…” —MD Theater Guide

About CMU’s University Theater Program: Each year University Theatre sponsors over 25 productions through which students gain valuable experience and explore their interests.  This includes a mainstage season of six major productions,  numerous studio theatre, summer theatre, improvisational comedy shows and more.  Our touring, two-play summer theatre program is among our more popular offerings.  Each year, 12-15 students are hired to form a production company who work closely with faculty, staff, directors, and designers to prepare productions, and then perform them in repertory across the state–including on Beaver Island.  Company members gain extensive experience in performance and technical production and are also compensated with TAI course credit.

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Adult, Child, CMU


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Safety Requirements. All events at the BIC Center will comply with COVID-19 safety requirements mandated by state and local authorities in effect at the time of the event.  If necessary events may be moved to an outside location, postponed or canceled. Please understand that our first concern is the safety of our guests, performers and staff.

Special Accommodations.  The BIC Center Theater is equipped with a T-Coil assistive hearing system.  If you use hearing aids that are T-Coil capable, check with your audiologist about activating the that technology to provide hearing assistance in the BIC Center Theater.  If not, BIC Center provided headsets may be used with the system.  Just ask at the front desk.  If you need other accommodations to attend the event, please check with the BIC Center front desk at least 48 hours in advance so that we are able to determine if we will be able to meet your needs.  The BIC Center Theater is wheel chair accessible.

The BIC Center Assistive Hearing system was installed with support from BIC Center donors and a grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

Date: July 3, 2021

Start time: 07:30 p.m.

End time: 09:30 p.m.

Venue: BIC Center Theater

Coordinates: 45.74730, -85.51932

Directions: Across from the ferry dock...

Phone: 231-448-2022


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