Shadowlands
Closed 2h 10m
Shadowlands
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Shadowlands NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(71 Reviews)
Positive
99%
Mixed
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Negative
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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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969 Reviews | 226 Followers
84
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

705 Reviews | 214 Followers
85
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.

616 Reviews | 273 Followers
82
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

645 Reviews | 94 Followers
95
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

504 Reviews | 56 Followers
86
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

470 Reviews | 112 Followers
94
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.

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
83
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. Read more

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
87
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

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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Theatermania
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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TheaterScene.net
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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CurtainUp
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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