Jason Cadieux as Ben and Katharine McLeod as Kate in “Secret Hour” at The Public Theatre in Lewiston. Submitted photo

The compelling new play “Secret Hour” featuring Jason Cadieux as Ben and Katharine McLeod as Kate will open on Friday, March 15, and running through March 24, at The Public Theatre in Lewiston. This will be the play’s second production after its world premiere last year in New York. Playwright Jenny Stafford will be joining The Public Theatre this weekend participating in two free post-show discussions with the cast and director directly following the matinee performances on Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17. For fun, a married couple invents a game where they confess unflattering truths about themselves and promise to love each other anyway. But is unconditional love really possible? Is being truthful the same thing as being true to oneself? Thankfully, they have a wise and hilarious handyman with a life coach certificate to help them answer these and other compelling questions. Secret Hour is also a powerful play for women as its female character must face the decision of pursuing a career path or a family. The play cleverly asks if committed relationships brings out the best in us,  or make us compromise our true selves in consideration of the people we love.  Couples of all ages will find this play relevant to their lives and appreciate its intelligence, humor and fascinating questions. “Secret Hour” showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 3 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. on Sundays – with an added performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Tickets are $30/adults; $25/groups of 10 or more; and $20/student 19+ with ID. For tickets and more information, call 207-782-3200 or visit thepublictheatre.org. The Public Theatre is located at 31 Maple St., Lewiston.

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