Already closed | 1h 20m | Midtown W

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

From 85 member  reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

About the show

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

Playwright/performer Max McLean embodies the author and talks about the experiences that shaped his life, including the death of his mother, his estranged relationship with his father, and other events that transformed him from vigorous debunker into the most eloquent Christian intellectual of the 20th century.


Member Reviews (85)

MEMBERS SAY:

Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow
76
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

45
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Dizzying

See it if you know more about CSLewis than the average guy. That conversion was too quick, too confusing & completely unbelievable in less than 80min.

Don't see it if one-man shows & NO INTERMISSIONS bug you. The in-&-out-&-in again of the British accent was dizzying for 80min. Much potential, unfulfilled.

75
Flat, Uninvolving, Well written, Well acted

See it if You're a Lewis fan, or are up for a good looking, well written & acted if ultimately uninspiring evening of religious inquiry & philosophy.

Don't see it if You'd rather experience an actual play or drama rather than a lecture, however intelligent, well-reasoned and smoothly performed.

Also Max McLean clearly knows his CS Lewis, and delivers a solid and convin... Read more Read less

75
Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like 1 man shows & conversion stories, are interested in Lewis's early life, want to support theatre from a Christian perspective.

Don't see it if you dislike 1 man shows, prefer shows with more interaction and conflict, dislike lengthy monologues,prefer acting to impersonation.

80
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you are already a C.S Lewis fan or if you are just interested in the nature of the journey which leads from atheism to religious faith.

Don't see it if you are allergic to the discussion of religion or don't like one-man shows.

Also Excellent editing job, taking material from Lewis's autobiography and ... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are on the fence about the existence of God and can appreciate a highly intelligent academic argument in favor of the Creator.

Don't see it if The idea of following an intellectual professor's journey from atheist to believer is a trip you don't want to take.

95
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

Also It is preferably to be interested in philosophy and religion, but it i... Read more Read less

77
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Slow, Relevant

See it if You like or have read C.S. Lewis' books. You want to see a show about a person seeking his faith.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows. Or religious matters don't interest you.

76
Thoughtful, Wry, Intelligent, Resonant, Muted

See it if circular voyage of a man who found his way back to God

Don't see it if you like liveliness; it's subtle

76
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like subtle acting, clever use of digital back screen, and are a Lewis fan.

Don't see it if you don;t like one-man shows. Don't go if you are tired. It's a bit slow.

80
Enchanting, Wonderful use of graphics, Curious abut c s lewis

See it if like to hear biographical information staged with good storytelling

Don't see it if you do not like a slow paced, but informative show.

84
Intelligent, Relevant

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

Don't see it if na

65
Great acting, Great writing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You want a lecture on one mans conversion to Christianity. Actor does a great job delivering material.

Don't see it if You want a show with a plot and action. Don't like being talked at. At least 3 people fell asleep around us.

80
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You would enjoy insight into the great man and his spiritual growth, Close experiences with performers please you

Don't see it if You don't enjoy narrated/one person shows about individuals, you prefer big stage experiences

88
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.

82
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like C.S Lewis

Don't see it if you are not a fan of C.S Lewis

79
Great acting, Profound, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in life of C. S. Lewis, like religious themed plays or enjoy one man shows

Don't see it if You are not interested in religious themed plays or don't like one man shows.

Also Language is a bit heavy but the actor is superb

55
Clever, Boring, One act, One man show

See it if you are a fan of CS Lewis or one man shows

Don't see it if you need a complex plot (or a plot at all)


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 C...
read more
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 ...
read more
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 c...
read more
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. Th...
read more

Related content (5)