Reviews of The Screwtape Letters

 

nytimes

“A HUMOROUS and LIVELY stage adaptation...THE DEVIL HAS RARELY BEEN GIVEN HIS DUE MORE PERCEPTIVELY AND ERUDITELY...CLEVER and SATIRICAL."

Wilborn Hampton, The New York Times

chicago_trib_1

VERY SMART...RICHLY REWARDING...EXUBERANT THEATRICALITY!”

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

wsj_1 

WICKEDLY WITTY...it is, if I may say so, ONE HELL OF A GOOD SHOW! Lewis’ topsy-turvy exercises in inverted moral theology were made to be played with lip-smacking relish!”

Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

 boston_globe_1

“A none-too-subtle allegory on behalf of Christianity...manages to be both ENGROSSING and ENTERTAINING largely due to McLean’s SILKY, VIPERISH PERFORMANCE...loaded with clever commentary on human foibles.

Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

 ct_1

“DEVlLISHLY GOOD!...A PROFOUND EXPERIENCE!”

Mark Moring, Christianity Today

the_new_yorker_1 

“A parable dipped in MORDANT IRONY...CAPTURES THE DROLL HUMOR with which Lewis constructed his topsy-turvy morality lesson. CLEVERLY IMAGINED FOR THE STAGE, it gives even nonbelievers an amusing primer of modern vice."

Michael Schulman, The New Yorker

washington_post

SLY, FUNNY, HANDSOMELY PRODUCED...THE DEVIL IS AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY ENTERTAINER.

Celia Wren, The Washington Post

 ap_1

DEVILISHLY FUNNY...Lewis' philosophical insights into human nature are CLEVERLY CONVEYED!"

Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

chicago_sun_times 

SMART, SIZZLING ENTERTAINMENT...Wonderfully clever...The intellectual temperature has surely shot up...SENSATIONAL!”

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

 national_review_1

PURE GENIUS...EXACTLY HOW THEATERGOERS WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE BOOK WANT HIM [SCREWTAPE] TO BE." 

John J. Miller, National Review

nytheatrecom_1 

“The Screwtape Letters is just about everything you want in a night at the theatre...THOUGHT-PROVOKING, ENGAGING, ENTERTAINING, INTELLIGENT, BITINGLY SATIRICAL and FUNNY EXPLORATION OF PROFOUND ISSUES OF RIGHT AND WRONG."

Daniel Kelley, NYTheatre.com

 newyorkpost_1

ENTERTAINING AS IT IS THOUGHT-PROVOKING...McLean delivers a commanding performance!”

Frank Scheck, New York Post

 orlando_weekly

HYSTERICAL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING...appealing to believers and nonbelievers equally, perhaps because [Lewis] is able to put himself in the place of each. Screwtape appeals not merely for its intellectually supported Christianity, but for its dark humor.”

Orlando Weekly

daily_news_1 

HIGHLY SEDUCTIVE!

Joe Dziemianowicz , New York Daily News

dcist_1 

THIS IS A SHOW...if you’ll pardon the expression — WITHOUT SIN. Lewis plays the English language like a fine tuned instrument.”

Chris Klimek, DCist.com

 the_plain_dealer_1

“Be ye Christian or otherwise, get thee down to the Ohio Theatre today for an introduction to one of the wiliest literary devils ever invented...Letters have rarely been this SCARY, or ENTERTAINING, or PROFOUNDLY INFORMATIVE!

Cleveland Plain Dealer

 stlouis_dispatch_1

The Screwtape Letters is a fast-paced 90 minutes of WITTY, THOUGHT-PROVOKING drama. As funny as it is, it’s all aimed at exposing human sin...there were occasional deep silences in the audience as a point hit home!

St. Louis Dispatch

 elle_1

INCREDIBLY ACTED...BRILLIANTLY PLAYED and tempered with HILARIOUS WIT."

Johanna Cox, Elle Magazine

cnn_1 

EXCELS at depicting seduction and corruption…the audience’s 90 minutes is spent — HUMOROUSLY but at times uncomfortably — being wooed by the underworld’s top salesman. LESSONS I DIDN'T NOTICE WHEN READING THE BOOK JUMPED OUT AT ME DURING THE PERFORMANCE.

Kristin Hamill, CNN

 lewis estate

"The HIGHLIGHT of my trip to New York was to be able to see Max McLean's performance as Screwtape in The Screwtape LettersI have wanted to see this production ever since I approved the script... A BREATHTAKING PERFORMANCE...ENJOYED IT ENORMOUSLY."

Douglas Gresham, C. S. Lewis' stepson & Executor of the Lewis Estate

 villagevoice_1

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS IS PACKING THEM IN!...Agreeably demonic, the set, lighting and sound effects are TOP NOTCH, and the actors are ZESTY."

Mark Musto, The Village Voice

 ny_1_2

WILD CHUCKLES...Lewis doesn't appeal to maudlin emotions or use of guilt...he's tasteful and thoughtful about religion - A RARITY THESE DAYS! Also tasteful are the handsome set, evocative lights and crisp sound design...ELEGANT TWIST OF PROSE...a genuine curiousity, UNABASHED CHRISTIAN THEATRE TACKLING WEIGHTY MORAL ISSUES."

David Cote, Time Out New York & NY1

 broadwayworld_1

TRULY CAPTIVATING...The performances are EXTREMELY STRONG, IMPRESSIVE...Lewis' pondering on the state of a man's soul is ironic, comedic, and often alarmingly identiable...YOU WILL LEAVE THE THEATRE WITH SEVERAL INTERESTING DINNER TOPICS. "

Gabrielle Sierra, Broadway World

 timeoutny_2

PLAYFUL, HANDSOME, Wildly Hammified...Screwtape gets you thinking, and that CAN ONLY BE THE WORK OF THE ANGELS."

Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

 washingtontimes_1

FIRST RATE PRODUCTION...TERRIBLY ENTERTAINING...Screwtape boils over with wit!”

Jayne Blanchard, The Washington Times

 off_off_line_1

A COMPLETE AND COMPELLING depiction of Lewis’ snarkily astute narrative. This disarming production of perhaps THE MOST INTERESTING PIECE OF REVERSE-PSYCHOLOGY IN LITERATURE, will provoke the same theological musings among contemporary intellectuals that Lewis intended half a century ago. We must ask ourselves: are cynical pride and dismissive self-delusion really the “gradual path” to Hell? If so, a lot of us are probably...well...screwed.”

Mitch Montgomery, OffOffOnline.com

washington_express_1

FABULOUSLY ENTERTAINING...downright illuminating...IT’S A PERFORMANCE ONE COULD WATCH FOR ETERNITY.”

Chris Mincher, The Washington Post Express

 catholic_harold_1

FASCINATING AND ENTERTAINING...and true to themes of the book.”

Henrietta Gomes, The Catholic Herald

 catholic_standard

GENUINELY FUNNY...AN ARTISTIC SUCCESS ON ALL LEVELS! – costumes, acting, and set design are PERFECT.”

Tracy Dowling, The Catholic Standard

examiner_1 

DEVILISHLY FUNNY...DELIGHTFUL...AN INSPIRED COMEDIC VIEW of man's relation to his soul and to major issues in the modern world.”

Barbara Mackay, The Washington Examiner

 newyorkpost_1

HELL OF A GOOD TIME...IMAGINATIVE theatricality...WONDERFUL performances.”

Frank Scheck, New York Post

 ap_1

A COMPELLING new production...Lewis' insights into human nature still resonate...CLEVERLY CONVEYED...SLY, DECEPTIVELY CHARMING PERFORMANCE.”

Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

 showbiz_chicago_1

“A feast for the soul...A MUST SEE is McLean's absolute command of the stage...TOTALLY CAPTIVATING!

Michael J Roberts, Showbiz Chicago

 curtain_up_1

“Passionate and vivid...EXTREMELY THEATRICAL...the production matches the cast’s excellence.” 

Julia Furay, CurtainUp.com

 about_1

“...A GREAT PLAY. The script was TERRIFIC and kept me thinking.”

Marie Knapp, About.com

 world_1

“A SIZZLING DRAMATIZATION of the C. S. Lewis classic!”

Marvin Olasky, World Magazine