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lawrence harmon

‘Ragtime’ could help revive Dorchester

Some people are put off by the mixing of art and politics. For everyone else, the musical “Ragtime’’ will be playing at the city-owned Strand Theatre in Dorchester from Sept. 28 to Oct. 7.

Neither the selection of the play nor the choice of venue in a low-income Boston neighborhood happened by accident. The itinerant Fiddlehead Theatre Company and the American Civil Liberties Union, the play’s chief sponsor, figured smartly that the weeks leading up to a presidential election would be a pivotal time for a show exploring the impacts of immigration, poverty, race, and poor working conditions.

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