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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

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.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You are interested in thoughtful reflections on faith and religion

Don't see it if You are not interested in thoughtful reflections on religious faith


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

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Ambitious

See it if Like to be intellectually challenged and enjoy cerebral drama

Don't see it if You want to watch something mindless

Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if to be captivated by an intellectual experience.

Don't see it if you expected action and adventure - fast paced dialogue..

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Clever

See it if CS Lewis - this will help in you understand his journey to his conversion, The acting was the best.

Don't see it if if you want to see a funny, musical play. You don't want to see a play that makes you thihk.

Excruciating, Boring, Disappointing

See it if you are an absolute devotee of CS Lewis and must see anything and everything about him..

Don't see it if you are NOT an absolute devotee of CS Lewis and are not a fan of solo performances.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Interesting

See it if Like CS Lewis

Don't see it if Don't like one man shows

Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of CS Lewis and/or enjoy thought provoking, biographical, one man, monologued shows with deep themes of religion & philosophy.

Don't see it if you have an aversion to intelligent discussion about religion, or are expecting a feel good, lighthearted show.


See it if you like a show about chrisitanity.

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

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if The journey from atheism to Christianity fascinates you!

Don't see it if You do not like one man shows or philosophical musings!

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.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Are religious, curious about one man's religious transformation or are a CS Lewis fan. The acting is very strong and the play is compelling

Don't see it if aren't a CS Lewis fan or have any religious curiosity whatsoever.

Disappointing, Overrated, Cliched

See it if You are interested in the life of C. S. Lewis and want to basically have his autobiography read to you out loud.

Don't see it if You're an atheist looking to be stimulated and challenged.

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Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if you like to see a man's struggle with how he came from Atheist to Christian

Don't see it if are offended by anything concerning Christianity and God.

Inspirational, Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if Ran home to do research. Love the message diliverance

Don't see it if You close minded

Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You're introspective and a person of faith.

Don't see it if Religion and religious content disturb or offend you.

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

See it if You are interested in philosophy, religion & spiritual development

Don't see it if Want light entertainment.

Confusing, Insipid, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you're into psychology

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

Self-absorbed, Preachy, Exercise in patience

See it if Interested in Christianity and like being part of the congregation for 1.5 hours. Want to see one person's adaptation and viewpoint of Lewis

Don't see it if Unless you want to get stuck in another one of those one-person shows where you wish you had spent your evening elsewhere.

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Great writing, Refreshing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You are in NY and are a fan of CS Lewis.

Don't see it if You don't have a heart

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

See it if You appreciate wrestling through tough theological/ philosophical questions, you would like a poignant glimpse into the heart and mind of CS

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical, or you are a Christian looking to become an atheist.

Disjointed, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You don't mind more questions than answers. This is a wonderful post-performance discussion piece. I enjoyed the veil of Lewis' epiphany.

Don't see it if You want blow-by-blow details of Lewis' encounter with the Almighty or if you require everything tied up nicely at the end.

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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