C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert
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C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert
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C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(86 Reviews)
Positive
72%
Mixed
23%
Negative
5%
Members say
Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow

About the Show

Fellowship for Performing Arts presents a one-man bio-show chronicling C.S. Lewis' journey from atheism to devout Christianity.

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Member Reviews (86)

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897 Reviews | 374 Followers
70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in ideas about Christianity or the existence of Jesus Christ or the history of C. S. Lewis. Some interesting insight here.

Don't see it if You're hoping for a conversion. I don't think there's enough information here to change anyone's mind about anything.

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
79
Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you like c s Lewis. Good biography.

Don't see it if you don't like biographies or c s Lewis.

713 Reviews | 119 Followers
85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if fine acting, subtle humor and lovely staging appeal. Monologs from the intelligent well read uncle you never had. Stay for the talkback!

Don't see it if one man shows are not your thing. Also if you have a short attention span. There is a lot here but you will regret mental wandering.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
73
Dry, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to explore CS Lewis' "conversion" from Atheist to Christian w/a Lewis scholar who, it turns out, is also a pretty compelling actor.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for a cursory, heavily edited retelling of Lewis' "conversion" from a biased, faith-based perspective.

410 Reviews | 71 Followers
65
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if One man portrayal of C S Lewis arguing with himself whether to be a Christian or not. PS He won.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy theological discussions.

390 Reviews | 98 Followers
86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you have ever loved the words and works of CS Lewis. Nice context for contemporaries

Don't see it if You are not interested in religion.

336 Reviews | 80 Followers
77
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in CS Lewis, his philosophy and his religious experiences. An interesting and thoughtful evening.

Don't see it if Do you not see this if you prefer musicals or light dramas .

332 Reviews | 43 Followers
81
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to see a one man show. You want to hear how one man went from atheism to being a true believer and be thoroughly entertained by it.

Don't see it if You are not interested in hearing a great story about a mans journey from one end of the religious spectrum to the other.

Critic Reviews (17)

Theatermania
March 2nd, 2017

"Primarily lives in this intellectual space, serving as more of an exercise in philosophical reasoning than a theatrical event. McLean does do justice to Lewis' highly theatrical manner...But the play essentially amounts to a 75-minute presentation on Lewis' step-by-step journey from atheism to Christianity...It may not make for an evening of deep emotional catharsis, but your powers of introspection, logical reasoning, and metaphysical theorizing will get a good workout."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 3rd, 2017

"McLean delivers a mannered performance employing what is almost a parody of an educated British accent...And there is an irritating over-reliance on the use of projections...One feels justified in asking, Are we discussing the existence of God or are we playing a video game? Further gilding the lily is Gromada's original music...pieces that add another level of artificial sweetness to the proceedings. Really, Lewis' words, the elegance of his argument, should be enough."
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TheaterScene.net
March 21st, 2017

"For those looking for an evening of escapist entertainment, the relentlessly intellectual 'C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert' will have a less than winning effect. It becomes an exercise in patience to follow the reasoning of a supremely academic and highbrow mind, as it tries to convey, or reconstruct, its conversion from atheism to religious belief, following a new and 'ravenous' interest in the 'occult.'"
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Stage Buddy
March 15th, 2017

"Far from what you might expect in a play with only one character and setting, 'The Most Reluctant Convert' doesn’t feel limited in its action...It’s a great credit to McLean and his artistic team that, in a play that’s really just one long monologue, the audience never gets bored or restless. That being said, audience members may find themselves briefly zoning out from time to time...No matter how many times the audience zones out, McLean always brings them back."
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Epoch Times
March 21st, 2017

“McLean masterfully embodies British novelist, literary critic, and scholar Lewis…As the title makes clear, Lewis eventually came to his conversion begrudgingly, though McLean’s performance makes clear the great contentment and wonder he felt when he finally got there...McLean wonderfully embodies Lewis, presenting him as a fully formed individual. The character speaks in clear, genial tones and sounds like a welcoming professor inviting his listeners to come in and hear his latest lecture."
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Reflections in the Light
March 6th, 2017

"'The Narnia Chronicles' and 'The Screwtape Letters' have been a source of growth for Christians and conversations with nonbelievers for decades, so it's always great to see this type of work highlighted on a New York Stage...It's pretty dry, even if you are interested in the Christian perspective of Lewis' conversion. McLean's heavily accented voice develops a cadence that tends to lull...But again, it is a blessing to be able to have this kind of faith-based theater offering in New York."
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March 17th, 2017

"Mr. McLean is a very fine actor. His work is precise and meticulous. He gives us all the variety he can find in his stage life...'The Most Reluctant Convert' is an inspired script, and the intellectual workout is masterfully executed. But although the show engages us intellectually, it fails to capture our emotions. Mr. McLean is adept at indicating a new thought, but he too seldom indicates a new emotion."
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Times Square Chronicles
March 8th, 2017

“Drawing from several sources, McLean keeps the text pretty much strictly to the thematic point…FPA is at least as much about storytelling as spreading the word, and as such, the narrative is compelling because Lewis’s words are so elegantly crafted, and McLean’s fairly powerful presence is a good match for replicating Lewis’s public persona...Nothing proselytizes as effectively as a good show that eschews open proselytizing.”
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