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Max McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age and takes audiences on Lewis’ fascinating theatrical journey from atheism to Christianity. Adapted exclusively from Lewis’ writings, McLean inhabits Lewis from the death of his mother, his estranged relationship with his father and the experiences that led him from vigorous debunker to the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectual of the 20th Century. Experience a joyous evening of Lewis’ entertaining wit and fascinating insight. Cherish every minute of the extraordinary journey of C.S. Lewis as The Most Reluctant Convert.

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Run Time: 80 minutes; no intermission (Children under 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…who really does look and sound a lot like his man.”
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

★ ★ ★ ★
“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…This show is an exercise in questioning the very essence of what it means to be alive. And you can remain an avid doubter even as you enjoy its bristling, provocative, highly-entertaining arguments.”
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“This is one terrific piece of theater…smart, fascinating and satisfying…some amazing moments on stage…With warmth and candor, McLean gives us a Lewis that immediately draws us in…Lewis’ eloquent writings are a real reward of this production…We know going in how the play ends…But how the play gets there is the intriguing thing. Whether this great thinker’s religious realiza¬tion is anything like one’s own experience, purely as dramatic character arc, the con¬version story in C.S. Lewis Onstage is captivating.”
John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Arts

“McLean has a rich stage presence and a masterful command of timing. Those qualities help him capitalize on the crisp cadences and dry, self-deprecating wit that his character employs…I found the play’s conversion account both spiritually invigorating and hugely moving.”
Celia Wren, Washington Post

“Among the many reasons to attend C. S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert is to experience the fantastic acting of Max McLean. He is among the finest skilled actors working in American theatre today…McLean has a knack for explaining complex theology and philosophy with subtly and self-depreciating humor. Talent, pace and acting skill keep us involved…Actors need to see Max McLean to learn how to make subtle and complex material by an academic sizzle on stage. “

Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

“In McLean’s brilliant portrayal, Lewis’ wry sense of humor is front and center. Lewis is articulate, erudite, insightful and above all funny.”
Carol Moore, Around the Town Chicago

“McLean “inhabits” Lewis…Witty, warm, erudite and very funny in a delightfully self-deprecatory way. Pay attention to the words and you will be taken on a thorough journey of conversion in a compellingly honest way. The development of his conversion is lovingly and rigorously portrayed here…This performance is entertaining, stimulating and mentally enriching. Highly Recommended.”
Debra Davy, Splash Magazine

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

Mark Dunbar, Indianapolis Monthly

“C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert presents a humorous biography of Lewis’ youth while simultaneously making a compelling case for Christ…The play touches on the deep emotions and convictions that led Lewis to Christ. While entertainingly telling the scope of his conversion, one wishes for the story to continue to further explore his brilliant theological mind. “
Zoey DiMauro, Catholic Herald

“A spellbinding performance. McLean successfully introduces the audience to a personable and intriguing portrait of the scholar. He goes on brainy rants, re-enacts debates with his friends and then pauses for reflection before looking directly at the audience and dropping some ironic retort that leaves everyone chuckling. Since the ending is no surprise, the suspense lies in the process. In the hearing of Lewis’ journey, the audience is left with the curious notion that maybe the God of the universe really is interested in personal relationships—even with people as averse to the idea as C.S. Lewis.”
Margaret Tazioli, World Magazine

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Tickets

New York, NY
Feb. 8 – April 2

Regular $67.25.
All sales final.  Service fees apply (All prices include $2.25 venue fee).

Box Office

Theatre Row - The Acorn Theatre
410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Tel. Telecharge (212) 239-6200

Group Sales

Bekah Ang
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bekah@fpatheatre.com

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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