The Pearl Theatre
Set in an eerily stylish office in Hell, one of Satan’s senior tempters, Screwtape, schemes meticulously to capture the soul of an unsuspecting human on earth. A smash hit in New York, this stage adaptation of the classic C.S. Lewis novel creates a morally inverted universe that reveals unseen spiritual powers and principalities in humorous, vivid and surprising ways.
Run time: 90 minutes; no intermission.
New York City
Nov. 15 – Nov. 27
Premium seats also available.
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The Pearl Theatre
555 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
What the Critics are Saying
“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!”
The Wall Street Journal
“A HUMOROUS and LIVELY stage adaptation … THE DEVIL HAS RARELY BEEN GIVEN HIS DUE MORE PERCEPTIVELY AND ERUDITELY … clever and satirical … A large part of what makes it successful is the energetic performance by Max McLean as Screwtape.”
The New York Times
“VERY SMART … Richly rewarding … EXUBERANT THEATRICALITY…McLean let’s It rip!”
“ENGROSSING and ENTERTAINING … largely due to McLean’s SILKY, VIPERISH PERFORMANCE as His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape … loaded with alternately clever and ham-handed commentary on human foibles.”
The Boston Globe
“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.”
The New Yorker
“SLY, FUNNY, HANDSOMELY PRODUCED … THE DEVIL IS AN EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY ENTERTAINER.”
The Washington Post
“ENTERTAINING AS IT IS THOUGHT-PROVOKING … McLean delivers a commanding performance!”
New York Post
“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.”
“DEVILISHLY FUNNY … Lewis’ philosophical insights into human nature are cleverly conveyed!”
“The production with its IMAGINATIVE set and SNAZZY lighting effects is HIGHLY SEDUCTIVE!”
New York Daily News
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