But although Applegate and Lola are technically the stars of the show, top billing really belongs to those nimble young ballplayers, a team of misfits who, with all their hope and heart call up a gem that E.B. White once wrote about baseball and America: Democracy itself, he said, "is the score at the top of the ninth." And if the Curse of the Bambino, reversed all the way back in 2004, feels a little distant these days, there's both nostalgia and insight in remembering how optimism can be so darn fierce.

DAMN YANKEES: THE RED SOX VERSION | Words and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop; Red Sox adaptation by Joe DiPietro | Directed and choreographed by Jeffry Denman; Music Direction by Ken Clifton | Produced at the Ogunquit Playhouse | through August 18 | 207.646.5511

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