A masterpiece of satire, C.S. Lewis’ classic novel has entertained and enlightened readers worldwide with its sly and ironic portrayal of human foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed tempter in Lucifer’s service.
Set in an eerily stylish office in Hell, Screwtape schemes meticulously with his novice demon nephew, Wormwood, who has been put in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man on earth. Wildly comic, deadly serious and strikingly original this stage adaptation brings its morally inverted universe back to New York in this deliciously devilish production.
Run time: 90 minutes; no intermission.
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
New York City
Now through Nov. 27
Regular $75. Premium seats also available at $95.
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