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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
Avg Score

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you enjoy one-man shows that are a deep, intellectual argument about faith, religion, personal development. Interesting from any perspective

Don't see it if you can't stand slow starts of one man shows that feel more lecture than play. Aren't open to religious discussion.

Clever, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you love the work/writings of Lewis, you want to know more about the author, you enjoy one-man shows.

Don't see it if watching an intelligent, thoughtful 80min one man show is not your thing.

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

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

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Interesting, Slow

See it if you like Lewis' work, interested in biographical work, want to think about what spirituality means and how we come to it

Don't see it if you arent interested in one mans journey to understand his beliefs and what influenced him

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in CS Lewis and his life.

Don't see it if You have no idea who CS Lewis is or hate religion

Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you have an interest in C.S. Lewis, philosophy, or religion, all examined in loving detail by an attentive playwright and a thoughtful actor

Don't see it if you prefer clear and dramatic narrative arcs, tight pacing, or abundant action. This is a quiet, meandering character study of a play.

Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Very interesting,funny,show.MR Lewis tells his story

Don't see it if n/a

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

Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Slow

See it if You are interested in C S Lewis, interested in what led to his conversion to christianity. you like intellectual shows.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows, are not interested in this subject. interesting and acting good but show lacked emotional connection

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

Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you are interested in C.S. Lewis. You like biographies. You care about religious awakenings. you are interested in the Christian faith

Don't see it if you need lighthearted entertainment. you are not into religious topics and biographies

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Great acting. Totally absorbing performance .

Don't see it if Want a fluffy topic.

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Was happily surprised by CS Lewis's life and how he slowly converted to the Christian faith. He didn't come willingly!

Don't see it if His life doesn't interest you.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing, Funny

See it if You enjoy literature, science and religion discussed with intelligence and irony. Humorous and well presented, good actor/playwright.

Don't see it if One man show, slow and cerebral is not your thing. This is not a variety show but rather a close look at a writers beliefs.

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.

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

Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing, Slow

See it if you appreciate the breadth and depth of C.S. Lewis's output against a very human man's life cycle, and think theology isn't verboten

Don't see it if you're impatient with a certain old-world staginess, dislike one-man shows or don't cotton to theology and teleology.

Clever, Masterful, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if even like me you're an atheist. The actor is brilliant in his delivery. Also Q&A with audience afterwards was great

Don't see it if You're after something light-hearted. This is intellectually stimulating and thought provoking.

Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy good acting.

Don't see it if Want to learn ore about Lewis' religious conversion.

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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