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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the show

From Fellowship for Performing Arts comes the unlikely and true love story of renowned Oxford scholar and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis and the much younger Joy Davidman, a divorced Jewish New Yorker. More…

In the first New York revival of this Tony-nominated play, the smart, brash Joy (a former Communist and Christian convert) bursts into Lewis' sedate, middle-aged life and upends it. Lewis is as shocked as anyone to discover that he and Joy have fallen deeply in love - and then almost immediately he must contend with the equally deep pain of losing her when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. 'Shadowlands' - also an Oscar-winning film - is a moving portrait of love and loss, faith and doubt, as inspired by Lewis' own 'A Grief Observed.'

Member Reviews (71)


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

Funny, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if You like this genre of a show. Go to no bull with raging Robert World Press to see my review. I liked how they did staging, different then

Don't see it if 1990 version of the show. Lead actor was tentative, stumbled over lines. Other cast were good. All In all a very good .No BULLRAGINGRobert

Thought-provoking, Romantic, Relevant, Profound, Funny

See it if Lewis's views of suffering and God are tested by intense personal experience. Effective mix of comedy, tragedy, and intellectual ideas.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a love story involving older people. You don't want to think about love, pain and religious faith.

No chandeliers crashing or helicopters landing on the stage, just a well-written, well-acted play about a serious subject

See it if well-made; script deals intelligently/movingly w how confirmed bachelor CS Lewis was woke falling in love w challenging woman; good ensemble

Don't see it if like Masterpiece Theater, predictable/old fashioned; but deeper b/c deals w how experience changed Lewis' pessimistic religious philosophy

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you enjoy fine drama at its very best. Excellent acting, good staging. There is wonderful humor and also extremely moving moments.

Don't see it if you like fluffy dialogue or comedy.

Also After seeing a new show called The Portuguese Kid which was a waste of... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if Poignant tale with deep emotions, love, religion, hope, etc all mixed together. Show runs 2 hrs 20 min but flies by.

Don't see it if You'd be upset at pain and suffering and the tragic outcome at the end. But the show really makes you think.

Quiet and lovely, Smart, Absorbing, Some magic and tears

See it if Interested in watching a very traditional, reserved person fall deeply in love with someone very different from himself. I was enchanted.

Don't see it if You don't want to consider issues of faith, God, love, understanding. This one's a tearjerker, so there's that, too.

Also Based on true events, this story is in very good hands. All the actors... Read more Read less

Terrific story and cast

See it if You like a good old fashioned story well done

Don't see it if You only like musicals or comedies

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You’re looking for an emotional play

Don't see it if You need a frolic, this is funny at moments but overall heavy emotions

Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic

See it if You are a fan of CS Lewis or enjoy unusual and romantic love stories.

Don't see it if if you do not like sad stories which include death or prefer traditional love stories.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Lovely play based on a true story. Excellent acting and very engaging. A fulfilling evening at the theater.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer musicals or light dramas.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want more from theater than simple entertainment. Excellent performances and interesting philosophies.

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy or if seeing a show with a cancer victim will depress you too much.

Superb acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Wonderful writing, Fine production

See it if you like love stories, clever writing, perceptive characterizations, fine direction, excellent production values and superb acting.

Don't see it if dislike sad endings, intellectual gamesmanship, dialog that is, at times, difficult to understand and characters that are intellectuals.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Profound

See it if You are interested in plays that discuss serious philosophical topics in a highly palatable way.

Don't see it if Serious drama is not your thing.

Also I had seen this when it originally opened and remember liking it much ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if A masterful. must see play. Bring tissues. Can't say enough about how moved I was.

Don't see it if If you want light and fluffy this one is not for you. But it's worth seeing it anyway.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if Whether you are an avid reader of C. S. Lewis, a fan of his or not you will be moved by the story of his late-in-life, love affair.

Don't see it if You don't like late-in-life romance.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a wonderful play about real people.

Don't see it if you dislike discussions about God. Actually there's no reason not to see this terrific play.

Also The play is sheer delight. The actors are amazing.


See it if interesting play about a famous person. Well acted and staged.

Don't see it if you don't like plays with religious, philosophical themes.

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You are a fan of great acting and/or C.S.Lewis.

Don't see it if stories about people dying from cancer don't interest you

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you want to see an improbable love story which happens to be true, anchored by lovely truthful performances. A must for C. S. Lewis fans!

Don't see it if you only like high drama or escapist entertainment. Also if you are allergic to any discussion of religion or faith.

Delightful, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Informative, Entertaining

See it if want to see a thoughtful drama about CS Lewis late in life. The staging was great and the script kept my interest - a story still relevant.

Don't see it if you don't like any discussion of philosophy or religion; don't like period pieces; or talk about cancer and death.

Also A nice story well told with just the right amount of humor intersperse... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Delightful, Intelligent

See it if A play about finding love later in life. A lovely production, beautifully acted with a standout performance from Daniel Gerroll

Don't see it if You're looking for a new, cutting edge play. It's simple and straightforward.

Intelligent, Profound, Romantic, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like offbeat, improbable romances b'twn intellectuals who say more than "please pass the salt", & actually enjoy intellectual discourse

Don't see it if you want to miss a very well acted, well written revival or don't care for C.S. Lewis's writings and not interested in his bio,

Also Unfortunately, this show is now closed and so this review which slippe... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Romantic

See it if you are a C.S. Lewis fan; enjoy biographies and learning about people's lives; and like romantic stories...

Don't see it if you don't like shows that touch on death and dying...

Also I found the majority of the First Act to be a bit stuffy and slow, but... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Informative

See it if You are interested in C. S. Lewis' life and/or like love stories even if they have a sad ending

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with plays about cancer

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if Want to see a great love story with terrific acting.

Don't see it if You are not into love stories or are not interested in C.S Lewis.

November 1st, 2017
“It can be calming to sit for a while with a sturdily crafted, nicely cast play that was mild even when it was new...The plot is wholly unsurprising...This iteration doesn’t always trust the pauses in the script...But Mr Gerroll and Ms. Abramson are appealing comic actors, smartly restrained and ...
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November 2nd, 2017
"An incisive piece of writing. And as a mouthpiece for these metaphysical musings, it doesn't get much better than Daniel Gerroll, who stars as C.S. Lewis...Gerroll is infinitely truthful in his manner of blending intellectual confidence with emotional uncertainty, the conflict at the heart of 'S...
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November 6th, 2017
"There are a few awkward touches in Christa Scott-Reed's production but she has elicited fluent performances from her two leads, who easily convince us that these two polar opposites could be soul mates...A solidly constructed piece of work that builds to a heartbreaking climax. Even those who ar...
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December 13th, 2017
“William Nicholson's ‘Shadowlands’ is one of those subtle plays that grows on you as it evolves and weaves its own spell. Based on a true story of one the most improbable love stories of the 20th century, it covers a range of human emotions that should catch you in its web. Under Christa Scott-Re...
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