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The Great Divorce (2015)

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Confusing, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

About the show

FPA Theatre presents C.S. Lewis’ classic theological fantasy; some of Lewis' most provocative and fiercely funny characters take a day trip from Hell to Paradise—a trip that leaves no one unchanged. More…

The story takes you to the outskirts of Heaven where the decision to stay or return to the familiar 'Grey Town' below proves to be harder than imagined. Over a dozen witty characters tell this fantastical morality tale about human choices. On the bus is a man who is going to Heaven to demand his 'rights', a woman who can't stop grumbling, a gentleman who 'likes' Heaven but staying there means giving up his precious pet lizard, and a carpetbagger who has seen it all and believes Heaven and Hell are just a propaganda stunt run by the same people. As each ghost is welcomed by a celestial spirit, the choice of staying or going back brings vivid clarity to the 'great divorce' between Heaven and Hell.

Member Reviews (11)


Thought-provoking, Confusing, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky
Avg Score

Absorbing, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of CS Lewis' writings

Don't see it if You are against religion

Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You are excited about a play that focuses exploring and illustrating a philosophical point of view. Ideas interest you.

Don't see it if Philosophy bores you.

Entertaining, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are familiar with and like C.S. Lewis and if you enjoy humor with your religion.

Don't see it if you get dizzy with moving graphics in the background or if you don't enjoy theater exploring Christianity.

Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you are interested because you read the book; you like philosophy, strange and boring plays

Don't see it if you're looking for a fun play. This play was hard to follow, uber weird and I had no interest.

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

See it if you like to be challenged. Very deep & profound. Lewis at his best.

Don't see it if want light and fluffy. Very deep play. Sometimes hard to follow. Nof for everyone.

Confusing, Cliched, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if You need to chuckle

Don't see it if With indigestion

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Quirky

See it if Your looking for a deep play

Don't see it if Your looking for fun or a musical. It was strange.

Clever, Interesting

See it if In this fantasy everyone is affected by its plot- no stone is left unturned but the show didn't feel relevantly modern. Absorbing though

Don't see it if You don't like the author of this play

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

See it if Did not see

Don't see it if Did not see yet

Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy a unique trip as you enjoy actors playing many roles. I hope this show comes back!

Don't see it if If you don't like slightly fantastical Sequences and multiple characters

For a previous production
Banal, Slow

See it if H

Don't see it if G

December 17th, 2015
"This all makes sense in 'The Great Divorce'...At least it does after a few puzzling, artistically pretentious early scenes in the Fellowship for Performing Arts’ infinitely thought-provoking production...Three strong performances and Bill Castellino’s direction leave us challenged to understand ...
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December 9th, 2015
"Lewis has some amusing and thought-provoking surprises up his sleeve...But 'The Great Divorce' is really a tract disguised as a novel; there is a distinct absence of drama here, and one begins to long for it...More damagingly, the director, Bill Castellino, has outfitted the production with an e...
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December 11th, 2015
"Under the assured direction of Bill Castellino, three extremely talented actors play 19 characters among them, making them distinct and fully dimensional...'The Great Divorce' is a very theatrical staging of some deeply provocative questions. After you have forgotten the spectacular visuals, the...
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December 7th, 2015
"Lewis’s text is riveting, as text...As drama, this work is not so riveting. It is a narration with a story line that is flimsy at best – what will our narrator choose? His fate, however, is not as intriguing as the stories that he and we witness. I can understand why someone would want to put th...
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