Looking Back – Next Act Theatre

Looking Back

Looking Back

By A.J. Magoon, Marketing Director

Mary MacDonald Kerr and Bo Johnson reprise their roles in RED HERRING after 16 years! We sat down and asked what’s changed for them since 2005:

Mary MacDonald Kerr

I suppose what has changed is that, although my age has stayed the same, my children have grown up, gone off to college, received degrees and one has even gotten married!

This play couldn’t come at a better time- it’s perhaps the funniest script I’ve ever worked with and the world really needs a fantastically funny, smart and in the end, all about love, story!

Bo Johnson

Unsurprisingly, whereas Mary has maintained her eternal youth and beauty, I have aged rapidly into decrepitude.

As far as the approach to the script; I’m guessing that the casting of the young and vivacious Kelly Doherty, known as a Milwaukee theatre treasure, to play the romantic interest of myself, known as a Milwaukee theatre landfill, will require some creative analysis as to how the relationship evolved. I look forward to exploring the possibilities, but at the moment I have to go yell at kids to get off my lawn.



  • Average income $3,850/year
  • New House $9,075
  • New Car $1,754
  • Average rent $80/month
  • Tuition to Harvard $600/year
  • Movie Ticket 70¢
  • Gasoline 20¢/gallon
  • Postage Stamp 3¢


  1. I Love Lucy
  2. Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts
  3. Arthur Godfrey and His Friends
  4. Dragnet
  5. Texaco Star Theatre
  6. The Buick Circus Hour
  7. The Colgate Comedy Hour
  8. Gangbusters.
  9. You Bet Your Life
  10. Fireside Theatre



  • Average income $65,836/year
  • New House $298,432
  • New Car $45,031
  • Average rent $856/month
  • Tuition to Harvard $51,143/year
  • Movie Ticket $9.16
  • Gasoline $3.48/gallon
  • Postage Stamp 58¢


  1. Only Murders in the Building
  2. Sex Education
  3. This Is Us
  4. What We Do in the Shadows
  5. Equalizer
  6. Squid Game
  7. Law & Order: Organized Crime
  8. Midnight Mass
  9. Chicago P.D.
  10. Dopesick

Tickets for RED HERRING are now on sale at https://nextact.org/shows/red-herring?tickets. This production is offered live at 255 S. Water Street as well as virtually. Performances run from November 24 – December 19.