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

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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)


Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

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.

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.

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)

Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Dated, Cliched

See it if You enjoy plays that talk at you.

Don't see it if You enjoy a show that asks you to take a journey and entertains you

Exquisite, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if you're interested in more about this author're interested in theology in general.

Don't see it if you're looking for more action, less telling.


See it if You are interested in C.S. Lewis' emotional and intellectual conversion to Christianity.

Don't see it if You do not like one man shows with a lot of oratory.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy C.S. Lewis and want to know more about his life and religion

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy one man shows or anything that deals with religion

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You like to see one man shows and like and don't mind an intense topic

Don't see it if You hate one man shows and intense topics

Slow, Thought-provoking, Flat, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if If you're interested in just what the title suggests: a journey from one side of faith to the other.

Don't see it if Your aural abilities aren't up for the challenge. I had/have trouble hearing. McLean's accent and the play's dry transport, lulled me.

Religious (duh), Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a more meaningful, deeper theatrical performance that will probably make you think.

Don't see it if You're not interested in a one-man show, especially one that really delves into religion.

Also I didn't realize how religious this production is–the audience was a d... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you are a big fan of C.S. Lewis, or of exploring theology and how people grapple with faith over time

Don't see it if you need a zippy show with a lot of plot or humor

Quirky, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Background of the erudite C.S. Lewis is of interest, as is his path to belief in a deity

Don't see it if Plodding, at times garbled performance

Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you are already a fan of C.S. Lewis. This piece did not make him a compelling figure to someone who knew little about him going in.

Don't see it if you are hoping to leave the theatre with an understanding of rational reasons as to why someone might move from atheism to Christianity.


See it if you know CS Lewis and interested in his conversion to Christianity

Don't see it if you want action, lots of laughs and light hearted theatre

Cliched, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if You enjoy a show on Christian values. You want to see a talented actor do a deep dive on a single individual.

Don't see it if You think the human connections make a play (one-man show with underdeveloped off-stage characters). You don't want to be preached at.


See it if you like a show about chrisitanity.

Don't see it if you dont like a monologue show.

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to understand how CS Lewis' life events and people in his life influenced his path and fight with becoming a Christian.

Don't see it if You don't like auto-biographical monologues. There were some parts that were dry.

Confusing, Insipid, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you're into psychology

Don't see it if you like fast-paced shows

For a previous production
Dated, Slow, Overindulgent, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You like one man shows, no real staging, or are interested in C.S. Lewis's relationship with God

Don't see it if You don't have a connection with C.S Lewis you will be quite bored.

Also I saw this show off broadway last year - I can't say if things have ch... Read more Read less

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...
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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 ...
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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 c...
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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...
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