The weekend is nearly upon us, ladies and gents! And with it comes the start of Theatre Intime’s 2010-2011 season. For the newbs, Intime is Princeton’s principal student-run organization for “straight plays,” meaning those without song and dance. Founded in 1920, the group currently runs out of the Hamilton Murray Theatre, a beautiful old space that’s adjacent to the University Chapel. Intime is also conveniently attached to Murray Dodge Café, also known as the most heavenly place on campus: its freshly baked cookies, free coffee, and free tea from 10-12:30 every night have been solely responsible for getting many a Princetonian to graduation in one piece.
Intime opens its season tonight with Red Herring, an atmospheric piece set in 1952. While the play depicts an America enmeshed in McCarthyism, nuclear threat, and Eisenhower’s impending presidential inauguration, the plot deftly toes the line between introspection and fast-paced humor. The play’s director, Cara Liuzzi ’12, calls the play’s world one that is “colorful,strange, and darkly atmospheric; a fairy tale with blunt honesty.”
While Liuzzi did considerable research before embarking on “Red Herring,” she loved the immersion experience of working on the show. “I loved reading a Time-Life book on the 1950s that I got out of the library: looking at the images in that book really helped me get a feel for the show.” Everything in the show was meticulously done according to period, from the costumes to the music: “the music that punctuates the many blackout lines and scene changes in the play has the potential to add a lot of atmosphere, and also a kind of ironic commentary at times,” Liuzzi explained.