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‘The God Game’: What happens when a longtime friend offers the opportunity of a lifetime?

October 24, 2018 GMT

Personal values such as honesty and integrity — plus choices we make and their consequences— are all explored in “The God Game,” a play about faith, politics and marriage.

“The God Game,” by Suzanne Bradbeer, is onstage at Stratford Academy, Thursday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 18. It’s a play which keeps audiences guessing what will happen next, even in the last seconds.

Square One Theatre is opening its 29th season with this production, directed by Tom Holehan. It tells the story of a junior United States senator with high approval ratings and seemingly, no dangerous secrets (no sex tapes or addictions, etc.). He appears so squeaky clean, in fact, that a presidential candidate is considering the senator as a potential running mate.

The action takes place on the senator’s wedding anniversary with his wife, Lisa. She appears to be the perfect political wife; she even runs a shelter for abused women and girls. But things get complicated when an old friend (who is working for the presidential candidate) drops by for what seems to be a surprise visit, when he’s actually on a mission from the top.

Stratford Academy’s stage has been re-configured by Square One into an intimate 64-seat black box-type theater. The audience is seated in new padded chairs on the stage along with the actors, insuring that everyone has a great seat. With this redesigned, modern venue, no audience member is more than 15 feet from the stage.

Stratford Academy, 719 Birdseye St. Thursday, Nov. 1 - Sunday, Nov. 18. Thursday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.; Fridays 8 p.m.; Saturdays 4 and 8 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. $22, $20 seniors and students. Free parking. 203-375-8778, squareonetheatre.com