I’ve heard stories that Michael Hollinger’s Cold War-era comedy was rewritten over and over right up to its 2000 opening night at the Arden Theatre Company, but I’m not buying it. This Barrymore Award winner for Outstanding New Play is just so tight and so clever — and still manages a great deal of heart, as do all of the Philadelphia resident’s plays. Red Herring has been produced all over the U.S. and even in France, and now receives a revival directed by Villanova University professor Harriet Power. It’s a great play for Villanova’s grad students, since five of the six actors play multiple roles and the sixth, Victoria Rose Bonito, plays a female detective — and even more fun for audiences, with its three love stories, murder mystery/nuclear-espionage plot and noir overtones.
Through Oct. 13, $21-$25, Villanova Theatre, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, 610-519-7474, villanovatheatre.org.