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Political parallels found in Players' "The Best Man"

Political parallels found in Players' "The Best Man"

A former secretary of state and a candid senator, one liberal and the other populist, vie for a spot in the White House.

Sound familiar?

Actually, this is the premise of "The Best Man," a play by Gore Vidal written in 1960. It also happens to be the play opening this weekend at James-York Playhouse, mere days before the presidential election.

This wasn't by chance.

"It made a lot of sense to look for a political show, and this immediately came to mind," director Neil Hollands said.

Hollands first saw the 2012 revival of "The Best Man" on Broadway, originally attracted by an all-star cast that included James Earl Jones and...