C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert


Using C.S. Lewis’ own words, award-winning actor Max McLean brings the brilliant Oxford Don to life, taking us on his extraordinary journey from hard-boiled atheist to the most reluctant convert in all England . . . only to become the most influential Christian writer of the 20th century.

“Astonishing Lucidity!”  
Chicago Tribune​​“Bristling, Provocative Highly Entertaining!” 
Chicago Sun-Times

“Hugely Moving!” 
Washington Post

 

 

Run Time:
80 minutes with no intermission. The performance is followed by a post-show discussion with Max McLean.

Age Recommendation:
Recommended for ages 13 and older. Children under age 4 not admitted.

A Note From The Producer

Audience Reactions
Trailer
  • 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 subtle 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

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