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An undercover(s) political play

Dirtybizbw013With just over three weeks to go until the presidential election, and with both campaigns now slinging mud, you could be forgiven for thinking that politics are a dirty business.

William Mastrosimone, the Emmy Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, apparently thinks so too.  His newest play, Dirty Business, gets its world premiere at Manalapan's Florida Stage next week.

The script is both scorching and riveting.  And if the characters' names -- Jack, Sam, Judy, Frank and Joe -- make you think of a young senator who ran for president in 1960, a mob boss, the beautiful woman who bedded them both, a famous singer and the senator's manipulative father, so be it.  History, with its secrets and differing perspectives, clearly inspired Mastrosimone's play.  But he takes us deeper, inside the minds of people obsessed with sex and power (not necessarily in that order).

Florida Stage's Louis Tyrrell is directing Dirty Business, which features James Reynolds as Jack, Elizabeth Davis as Judy and Gordon McConnell as Sam.  Previews begin Oct.22 at 8 p.m. (additional previews at 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 23).  The play runs through Nov. 30, with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, 7 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $42 and $45 ($35 for previews).  Florida Stage is at 262 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan (south of Lake Worth in Palm Beach County). For information, call 1-800-514-3837 or visit the theater's web site.

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