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Drama Dock’s latest show pokes fun at political corruption

March 5, 2014 · Updated 5:50 PM

Peter Kreitner and Stephanie Murray rehearse a scene from 'Born Yesterday.' / Courtesy Photo

The delightful screwball comedy about romance and political satire, “Born Yesterday,” directed by Chaim Rosemarin, will hit the Drama Dock boards for two weekends of performances beginning Friday at the new Vashon High School theater.

A smashing success on Broadway in 1946 and an Academy Award-nominated film in 1950, “Born Yesterday” riffs on the contemporary theme of corruption in business and politics. Harry Brock, a greedy war profiteer, played by islander Peter Kreitner, heads to Washington with his brassy chorus line girlfriend Billie Dawn, played by Stephanie Murray, with a scheme of political bribery.

The attorney general, played by Rich Wiley, acts as a political fixer, helping Brock to ensnare the targeted senator, played by Gordon Millar. The fix is in, or so it seems, until Brock decides to polish up his girlfriend for the elite Washington social set by hiring investigative reporter Paul Verral, played by Marshall Murray, to do the job.

Will the good or bad guys win in this game of political skulduggery and will love triumph over intrigue? Only the final act of “Born Yesterday” will reveal the truth.

There will be a sneak preview of “Born Yesterday” to benefit the Vashon Community Food Bank at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school theater. Admission is by donation of non-perishable food items.

Performances are Fridays, March 7 and 14, and Saturdays, March 8 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, March 9 and 16, at 3 p.m. at the Vashon High School theater.

Tickets are $12 for Drama Dock members, students and seniors or $15 for general admission and are available at the Vashon Bookshop and www.brownpapertickets.com.

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