The audience arrives thinking it has wandered into a television studio rather than a theatre. Applause signs and cameras can be seen, crew voices are heard live and over the sound system as busy pre-show traffic prepares the set, featuring spots at center stage for four contestants.
As soon as the audience is settled, a warm-up man named Steve Fox comes out to encourage everyone to have a good time, and to make them understand that GAME SHOW is about to air LIVE. Moving throughout the audience, Steve talks with some audience members and auditions others to read the introduction for GAME SHOW star and host, Troy Richards. Among those moving behind the cameras are Ellen Ryan, the show's producer, Johnny Wilderman, a production assistant with a sharp memory, and two veteran cameramen named Joe and Gerry.
Once the live television show begins, an audience member announces the show, Troy enters, and the first four volunteers from the audience are chosen to play for prizes. But tonight's show takes an unexpected turn. Troy has an important announcement to make. Although GAME SHOW has been a top-rated television show for 15 years, Troy shocks the audience (as well as the producers and crew) by announcing that this will be his final season.
At this point, the game in GAME SHOW begins. Some questions are quite easy, while others are intended to stump most of the audience. But all of the questions are fun and entertaining. The winner of Round I moves to The Winner's Circle to await the playoff. Then GAME SHOW cuts to its first commercial break.
When we get to the first commercial break, many of the audience members are so involved in the quiz program they have forgotten that there is a play still to be revealed. During the commercial break the drama begins. Was Troy's announcement a tactic to get more money out of the network? Was Ellen really surprised by Troy's on-air resignation? Can Steve be trusted? Why do the cameramen have a hidden video camera? Is Johnny really as naïve as he seems? There are many soap-opera like plot twists in GAME SHOW still to be revealed.
The rest of the 90-minute show follows the same pattern: a round of the quiz program interspersed with political maneuverings, seduction and betrayal during the commercial breaks. To offer anymore information at this time will ruin many surprises.