C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert
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C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert

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

(86 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (86)

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141 Reviews | 28 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Funny, Masterful

See it if You love CS Lewis. You love books. You love intelligent plays.

Don't see it if You hate one man shows

179 Reviews | 29 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if C.S. Lewis’s spiritual journey, from atheist to theist and to Christianity, with details like Tolkien's friendship

Don't see it if if you do not have the attention span for a profound and meaningful monologue Read more

54 Reviews | 36 Followers
Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Heady

See it if You have any interest in CS Lewis or his thinking or his writing. We were told the show was about 80 minutes long. It felt like 20.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that come from a Christian perspective. CAUTION: This show may change your life.

165 Reviews | 22 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if if you like theater of a one man show in nature.secondly,something that challenges you to think about your own upbringing as well.

Don't see it if if you like a big set,big design type of theater.if you don't want to get deep as they say,this show is not for you.

457 Reviews | 101 Followers
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.

754 Reviews | 127 Followers
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.

271 Reviews | 35 Followers
Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Like C.S. Lewis and are interested in religion

Don't see it if na

88 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if If you like biographical one-person show dramas.

Don't see it if If you don't like stories of religeous conversion or expect anecdotes about the writing of the Narnia series.

Critic Reviews (17)

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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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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