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“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
“The play's brief moments of fantasy are embedded in an otherwise realistic, mildly stuffy drama…Gerroll gives a believable portrayal of the mild-mannered, bookish, British intellectual, shy with women, and retiring…Abramson's Joy…is almost a caricature of the pushy New York Jew…and lacks the brainy heft the role demands. 'Shadowlands' requires two equally balanced leads to keep us honed in on what should be a tear-jerking relationship; absent that balance…there are no tears to jerk.” Full Review
"C.S Lewis isn’t alone in deriving literature from the romantic alliance. Nicholson’s 'Shadowlands' is another look at his illuminating experience...'Shadowlands', which begins and ends with Lewis lecturing the audience as congregation, is a heartfelt sermon. Beautifully acted by Gerroll, Abramson, and the entire cast and directed with quiet sympathy by Christa Scott-Reed, the production has the effect of a prayer delivered tenderly and even humorously." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"A casual correspondence with Joy Davidman Gresham blossoms into intellectual companionship Lewis has never experienced with a woman...Nicholson’s dialogue between the two is eloquent, stimulating, and distinctly specific...Scott-Reed conducts this symphony with a sure and imaginative hand...Authentic in every way, moves fluidly, and holds visual interest. Its tone is pitch perfect.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
“I saw the original Broadway production...and I had my doubts as to whether the cast of the Off Broadway revival could come close...Happily, the leads at the Acorn do come close in this superb production...Scott-Reed’s direction is top notch, and her supporting cast the same. The settings by Tighe are ingenious and absolutely gorgeous, as is Spivey’s lighting...Of the 10 plays I saw last week, ‘Shadowlands’ was by far the best.” Full Review
"'Shadowlands' blends the lightness and humor of a good romantic comedy with just enough theological depth to engage the intellect without feeling like homework...'Shadowlands' asks a simple question and proposes a tough answer. Where is God when we suffer?...The cast is excellent...Gerroll plays his part with the right mix of cool manners and hidden warmth. Abramson is vibrant and commanding." Full Review
“This is a deeply moving production that never succumbs to melancholy. Gerroll as Lewis is absolutely spot on – understated yet conveying the intense trauma of loss. His brother, Warnie, played by Vennema is the delightful and sweet – and at times – bumbling Englishman. The one misstep is when Abramson mistakes Yankee enthusiasm for a character oblivious of her surroundings. Then she is more the British idea of a crass American than a convincing spirit.” Full Review
See it if C.S. Lewis is of interest and fine acting the dialogue is intriguing. A friendship that develops into a romance and marriage.
Don't see it if you have issues with god and religion
See it if you enjoy a well made sentimental play, with good size cast, some great acting and an interesting story. A big show for the small Acorn.
Don't see it if you don't like a lot of talking, or monologues, or a play about a loved one dying and the meaning of love, pain and suffering.
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.
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...
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.
See it if you are a fan of CS Lewis or like to be in a most intimate theater setting where you feel a part of the show. Cast is strong and set is good
Don't see it if you do not like stories based on some truth. This show differs greatly from the 1991 B'dway version and yet feels so real and true to life.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if A mild evening is on your list, full of wit and charm, though marred by its Christian pretenses.
Don't see it if An abrasive version of Joy will disappoint you. You'll be shocked by the sudden collapse of acting skills in its final moment.