The God Game – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

At the height of the political drama, with midterm elections being hotly contested, red states vying with blue for supremacy, and promises and allegations competing for top billing, how timely is Square One Theatre Company’s latest offering? The answer: extremely timely and compelling. Weekends until Sunday, November 18, Square One will present “The God Game” by Suzanne Bradbeer at the Stratford Academy, 719 Birdseye Street, Stratford.

Tom is a well respected Senator representing the fine state of Virginia, with just enough ambition and ego to want to do a good job for his loyal constituents. For Tom, honest politician is not an oxymoron. He especially believes that the issue of global warming and climate change must be addressed seriously and soon.

Tom, a dedicated public servant in David Victor, is happily married to Lisa, a supportive Danielle Sultini, and today is their twentieth wedding anniversary. They are both still recovering , at different stages, from the tragic death of Tom’s brother Jay in a car accident. Jay’s shadow looms large over the couple and on Jay’s intimate ex-partner Matt, an ambitious and driven Kiel Stango.

Matt has suddenly appeared at their home with an important issue to discuss, an item important enough to interrupt their private family celebration.

What question does Matt have to propose? Will Tom be excited by the possibilities or resistant to the demands it poses? Can Lisa be on the bandwagon or will she fight that family comes first? Will the circumstances of Jay’s death color the decision making process? You will have to see for yourself as this trio of fine actors debate the issues and ponder the consequences for the country. Tom Holehan directs this provocative political arena where the pressures and sacrifices of public life take on an unusual family toll.

For tickets ($22, seniors and students $20), call Square One Theatre at 203-375-8778 or online at Performances are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The inner struggles of a politician and his family are examined as well as the costs and rewards of being a public servant and upholder of beliefs and truths.