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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)


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

Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You've read any of C.S. Lewis's books besides Narnia. And if you're genuinely searching out if God is real.

Don't see it if You've never read any books C.S. Lewis.

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

See it if You enjoy shows that demand intellectual engagement, you want to learn more about C.S. Lewis, you want a rational discussion about religion.

Don't see it if You're looking for a fun evening, if religion as a subject bores you, if names like Chesterton and Tolkein put you to sleep.

During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you are open to intellectual arguments and a man's personal journey to God; engaging post-show talkback

Don't see it if you need the energy that comes from more than one character in the cast or high production value; you want a less serious show

During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you are intrigued about how a rational thinker who abandoned religion in his adolescence returned to God.

Don't see it if you do not like wordy expositions of philosophical positions.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You are interested in C.S. Lewis' journey from atheist to devout Christian. Makes you think you are hearing a lecture from C.S. himself.

Don't see it if You have no interest in philosophic discussions of determinism and the problem of proving God's existence. Serious with some wry humor.

During previews
Ambitious, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if An unexpected philosophical journey. Great presentation of Lewis' shift in his worldview. Curious philosophically? Like literature?

Don't see it if You don't like to think deeply in the theater. You don't like a one man show. But the ten minute Q&A after was worth it for me.

For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you want to dig deep into C.S. Lewis' interesting life journey.

Don't see it if you are not interested in anything related to religion or spirituality.

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.

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For a previous production
Absorbing, Masterful, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if If you are interested in religious conversion stories that are smart and transparent.

Don't see it if If you don't like one person shows

For a previous production
Delightful, Exquisite, Profound, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you're a fan of C.S. Lewis's work.

Don't see it if you don't like history, or deep plot.

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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