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Shadowlands NYC Reviews and Tickets

(72 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (72)

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164 Reviews | 15 Followers
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Must see, Funny

See it if You like romantic story with witty dialogues. Great staging. It's much more than the movie can convey. Will like to see it again if possible

Don't see it if Everyone should see it

232 Reviews | 20 Followers
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You want to see a human story that will touch your heart. All aspects were extraordinary!

Don't see it if You have a cynical perspective.

289 Reviews | 91 Followers
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.

341 Reviews | 29 Followers
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. Read more

761 Reviews | 120 Followers
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. Read more

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
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.

60 Reviews | 35 Followers
Masterful, Profound, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a play that explores the concepts of love , death, and suffering with a delicate touch. Also, it's about CS Lewis.

Don't see it if While Shadowlands isn't depressing, it's not exactly a feel-good tap musical.

107 Reviews | 30 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a well-written play about interesting people finding each other despite their differences with an amazing Daniel Gerroll

Don't see it if you require jazzy productions and dislike intellectual discussions; this play about a major Christian philosopher is thoughtful

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
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 surrounded by a strong company...In its old-fashioned-ness, ‘Shadowlands’ is hardly a breath of fresh air. But it is a breath of different air, less charged than our own.”
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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 'Shadowlands'...Gerroll and Abramson are charming stage partners, and it's a delight to see their characters' friendship turn to love."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 aren't particularly sympathetic to Lewis' ideas can be moved by the painful lesson that he learns."
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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-Reed's assured and astute direction, Daniel Gerroll gives a memorable performance as theologian and writer C.S. Lewis. A play of ideas on the meaning and varieties of faith, it is challenging.”
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Theater Pizzazz
December 18th, 2017

“A tender love story beautifully told by Scott-Reed and the ensemble. Kelly James Tighe’s set of sliding walls that divide the stage into entirely different rooms is effective and practical; and Michael Bevins period costumes are lovely. Whether or not one is invested in Lewis’s life story or the theological questions encountered, it’s a captivating, well-told and heartbreaking love story that will transport you, momentarily, into another world.”
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November 6th, 2017

"A sincere enough revival...Although I enjoyed seeing the contrast in personality that Abramson brings to Davidman's slightly abrasive facade, it is really hard to imagine what sparks could have been ignited between Jack and Joy. Certainly in real-life it must have...Director Christa Scott-Reed does what can be done to keep the protracted predictabilities at bay."
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Front Row Center
November 9th, 2017

"As C.S. Lewis, Daniel Gerroll is outstanding...He keeps the material alive despite the fact that the wordy, overlong play makes the same point repeatedly in slightly varied reiterations that threaten to become tedious...Gerroll has endowed his character with the spark hidden vitality, and guides us through the verbiage as if he were, indeed, a professor himself...It is beautiful to watch Lewis open the door to his soul, revealing the wonders that lie beyond."
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Front Mezz Junkies
November 10th, 2017

“The historically balanced drama marches forward, sometimes a bit too slowly and properly, but all with very good taste indeed. The cast all do a fantastic stiff-upper-lipped job...A heart warming play about the bravery of stepping into the arena of Love. Knowing full well that pain and suffering comes on the backside...Jack dives in to the pool of Love and Pain, gracefully and quite properly, like any good solid Brit would do. And we applaud that brave step forward.”
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