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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

Enchanting, Romantic, Profound, Must see, Great writing

See it if if you like great actors in a great ensemble beautifully directed. working off of a great script.

Don't see it if if your looking for a farce or an escapist romp.

Also Came out of the theater feeling like I did when I first saw "It's a Wo... Read more Read less

Slow, Great acting, Depressing, Mismatched, Entertaining

See it if You're interested in CS Lewis' personal life, or generally enjoy gentle intelligent conversation that ends in tragedy

Don't see it if You're unfamiliar with the story and expect to leave in a cheerful mood, or if a mismatch in relative talent levels. Or hate stodgy brits.

Also The actress playing Joy isn't bad, but the cast surrounding her was fl... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You can handle a thought provoking drama..

Don't see it if You want something light

Also While this may be a "heavy" drama, it's fast paced and from my perspec... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Profound, Great acting, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if you believe and accept the power of love. It also helps if you like C.S.Lewis.

Don't see it if you are looking for some light entertainment.

Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you like an intellectually engaging play.

Don't see it if you don't want to deal with religion or death!

Also The set was good as was the acting though we found the first act more ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You want a thoughtful, literate, moving period piece with outstanding acting.

Don't see it if You want fluff.

Also A tragic love story about real people..

Great staging, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if Excellent performances. Interesting staging. Evoked feelings of love, heartbreak, disappointment.

Don't see it if You have experienced a recent personal loss.

Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy noble characters who evolve through pain in love and truth.

Don't see it if Need show tunes, camp, or action!

Clever, Great acting, Slow, Emotional

See it if you are an admirer of CS Lewis.

Don't see it if you want a feel-good show.

Also I was familiar with CS Lewis' work and background, but not of his rela... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Moving

See it if You like a love story; like true stories

Don't see it if You want something light and upbeat

Entertaining, Great acting, Slow

See it if You enjoy realistic plays with bits of fantasy thrown in

Don't see it if You are not a fan of realism, or of slow building plays.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you are interested in C.S.Lewis's intellectual and personal life and a deeply moving story about his relationship with Joy Davidman

Don't see it if you do not want to reflect on God, love, the meaning of life and death, and many other profound theological themes

Also Some random sexist comments here and there since it's based on real-li... Read more Read less

Moving, absorbing and thoughtful

See it if enjoy well-made plays that take a closer, more thoughtful look at the human condition.

Don't see it if don’t enjoy plays with a lot of great dialogue that demand you listen closely.

Also “Shadowlands” is even more strongly recommend for those who have exper... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you loved The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, this play about CS Lewis is for you. He is fascinating and literate. It is well-written.

Don't see it if His love Joy, a Jew from Brooklyn, thinks you have to talk like Barbra Streisand to play this role. Very annoying.

Also Lewis was a deeply religious man and his love for Joy, and her losing ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if Want an absorbing, adult play about a very unusual relationship.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy plays about faith

Great acting, Delightful, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Drama

Don't see it if Wordy

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You like to be moved in the theatre and you appreciate seeing a play about faith.

Don't see it if You don't like sentiment and you don't care about Christianity.

Also The acting is superb -- particularly the two leads, the supportig cast... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Enchanting, Profound

See it if You like drama,good acting

Don't see it if You like musicals, or lite, funny entertainment


See it if you’re in the mood for an unlikely love story without a hint of farce and with just the right mix of romance, wit, and pathos.

Don't see it if You expect a farcical frolic

During previews
Slow, Intelligent, Maudlin, Sad

See it if you're interested in the relationship of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman.

Don't see it if you expect a really great play or something deeply insightful.

During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like the interplay of love, suffering and a higher being's role in both. Overall, great love story that is absorbing

Don't see it if You like something fast-paced or a musical. If the talk about god, good, bad or indifferent bothers you.

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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