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McLean delivers a performance that is worthy of its subject.

WEEKLY STANDARD

Lewis’ fiercely considered intellectual reason makes the stuffy Oxford don intriguing company.

THE NEW YORKER

Hugely Moving...Spiritually Invigorating!

THE WASHINGTON POST

Bristling, Provocative, Highly-Entertaining!

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

Uncannily Spot-On Performance!

THEATERMANIA

A hit in New York, Chicago and D.C.,
Awarding-winning actor Max McLean presents his acclaimed portrayal of C.S. Lewis Onstage in The Most Reluctant Convert in New York! TheaterMania says McLean delivers an “uncannily spot-on performance!” The Chicago Sun-Times calls it “Bristling, Provocative, Highly Entertaining!” And The Weekly Standard writes “McLean delivers a performance that is worthy of its subject…a story about an immensely creative mind arriving at the threshold of faith.”

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

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

INTRIGUING COMPANY 
“Lewis’ fiercely considered intellectual reason makes the stuffy Oxford don intriguing company.”

The New Yorker

UNCANNILY SPOT ON PERFORMANCE
“McLean’s uncannily spot on performance does justice to Lewis’ highly theatrical manner…McLean is not only faithful to the author’s voice, but he also achieves Lewis’ standards for METICULOUS DETAIL….which has fascinated so many.”

TheatreMania

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

A SMART PRODUCTION
“C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, opens with a riff against a cruel, indifferent and seemingly meaningless universe reminiscent of a Woody Allen monologue…McLean delivers A PERFORMANCE that is WORTHY OF ITS SUBJECT…a story about an immensely creative mind, arriving at the threshold of faith.”

The Weekly Standard

A MUST-SEE
SURE TO INTEREST AND INSPIRE
both skeptics and believers alike…The Most Reluctant Convert speaks to you where you are – much like C.S. Lewis himself.

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Tickets

 

National Tour of Martin Luther on Trial

Cleveland, Sep 29-30; Cincinnati, Oct. 6-8; Austin, Oct. 14-15; Houston, Oct. 19-29;
Dallas, Nov. 3-4; Minneapolis, Nov. 11-12; Tulsa, Nov. 16-19
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