Timber Lake Playhouse stages Red Herring July 14-23

Staff Report

MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP) in Mount Carroll, Ill., will stage the comedy Red Herring July 14-23.

Set in the 1950s, this farce follows the attempts of three couples to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of love and marriage, including a murder mystery, an atomic bomb, the McCarthy hearings and secret ex-husbands. Red Herring opens Thursday, July 14, and runs through July 23.

Guest Director Derek Bertelsen returns to TLP to stage this hilarious production after making audiences laugh with last season’s hit, Love, Sex and the IRS. Bertelsen is originally from the Quad City area and resides in Chicago, where his directing credits include New Rock Theatre and Theatre Wit. He is assisted by Amboy resident Melissa Robinson, who is a theater student at Lewis University.

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, U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy’s daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy, and Boston detective Maggie Pelletier has to find out who dumped the dead guy in the Harbor — or else lose out on a honeymoon in Havana.

As the play’s title suggests, a Red Herring is a clue meant to lead people astray, just as smoked herrings were used in the past to mislead fox hounds on a chase.

The chase in this crazy and heartwarming story features TLP residents Kelsey Andres, Brandon Ford, Andrew Harth, Dryden Meints, Julia Mitchell and Katie Wesler, all playing multiple characters that are sure to tickle your funny (fish) bones.

Tickets are available online at www.timberlakeplayhouse.org or by calling the Box Office at (815) 244-2035, open noon-4 p.m., daily.

From the July 13-19, 2011 issue

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