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C.S. Lewis’ Mesmerizing Journey from Atheism to Faith

Max McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age. Adapted exclusively from Lewis’ writings, McLean takes you on a theatrical journey from atheism to faith; from vigorous debunker to the most vibrant Christian intellectual of the 20th century. Experience a joyous evening of biting wit and astonishing insight.

A NOTE FROM THE PRODUCER

 

Run Time: 80 minutes; no intermission 
(Recommended for ages 13 and older. Children under age 4 not admitted.)

What the Critics are Saying


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A STORYTELLING MASTER
“Clive Staples Lewis, famously described himself as “the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.” And it’s that reluctance, along with the ASTONISHING LUCIDITY of his prose, the open-hearted spirit of his storytelling and the exquisite rigor behind his intellect, that have combined to make C.S. Lewis pretty much EVERY ATHEIST’S FAVORITE CHRISTIAN thinker…Very many were at the packed Mercury Theatre HIGHLY ENGAGED by Max McLean.”

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
“Max McLean chronicles Lewis’ journey from determined atheist to Christian believer with such WIT, GRACE, BRAININESS and ECONOMY that those on either side of the ‘God spectrum’ are SURE TO DELIGHT in it…McLean instantly convinces you that you are in the presence of C.S. Lewis himself…you can remain an avid doubter even as you enjoy its BRISTLING, PROVOCATIVE, HIGHLY-ENTERTAINING arguments.”

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

 

ONE TERRIFIC PIECE OF THEATER 

“…smart, fascinating and satisfying…
AMAZING MOMENTS ON STAGE
…McLean gives us a Lewis that immediately draws us in… We know going in how the play ends…But how the play gets there is the intriguing thing…purely as dramatic character arc, the conversion story in C.S. Lewis Onstage is CAPTIVATING.”

DC Metro Arts

 

HUGELY MOVING
“McLean has a rich stage presence and a MASTERFUL command of timing . . . I found the play’s conversion account both SPIRITUALLY INVIGORATING
and hugely moving.”

Washington Post

 

SIZZLE ON STAGE

“AMONG THE FINEST SKILLED ACTORS working in American theatre today . . . with subtly and self-depreciating humor…Max McLean makes subtle and complex material sizzle on stage.”

Chicago Critic

 

BRILLIANT PORTRAYAL
“In McLean’s brilliant portrayal, Lewis’ wry sense of humor is front and center. Lewis is articulate, erudite, insightful and ABOVE ALL FUNNY.

Around the Town Chicago

 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
“McLean ‘inhabits’ Lewis…Witty, warm, erudite and VERY FUNNY IN A DELIGHTFULLY SELF-DEPRECATORY WAY… This performance is ENTERTAINING, STIMULATING and mentally enriching.

Splash Magazine

 

GREAT COMEDIC CHARACTER
“Lewis was a talented writer and a careful scholar. As played by McLean, he’s also a great comedic character.”

Indianapolis Monthly

 

SPELLBINDING PERFORMANCE
“A PERSONABLE and INTRIGUING portrait of the scholar. BRAINY RANTS, re-enacts debates with his friends . . . before dropping some ironic retort that LEAVES EVERYONE CHUCKLING.”

World Magazine

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Tickets

New York City

 

The Acorn Theatre
410 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036
Directions

Regular $67.25
All prices include $2.25 venue fee. Service Fees Apply.

$30 under 30
ID Required. Box office only. Subject to availability.

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(212) 239-6200

Box Office

410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

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Company

Lighting Design

Geoffrey D. Fishburn

Original Music & Sound Design

John Gromada

Projection Design

Rocco DiSanti

Wig Design

Tom Watson

Makeup Design

Tommy Kurzman

Voice Coach

Claudia Hill

Marketing & Advertising

The Pekoe Group

Public Relations

Matt Ross PR

Co-Directed by

Ken Denison and Max McLean