The Screwtape Letters
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The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters NYC Reviews and Tickets

(24 Ratings)
Members say
Thought-provoking, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

About the Show

FPA Theatre presents a return engagement of this theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' novel of the same name.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (24)

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271 Reviews | 35 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if Like thought provoking subject. Fine presentation

Don't see it if na

110 Reviews | 55 Followers
Slow, Thought-provoking, Clever, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of cs lewis and the book.

Don't see it if you dont like cs lewis books

1312 Reviews | 354 Followers
Ambitious, Enchanting, Clever, Refreshing

See it if A very good story that is well acted and directed. Nice set.

Don't see it if If you do not like cs lewis or would like a bigger production.

179 Reviews | 92 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you're interested in what lies beneath the surface - motivations and the forces (overt and subtle) of good vs. evil from a dark perspective

Don't see it if you're in the mood for light, fluffy theater or a large scale production or cast

151 Reviews | 17 Followers
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like the writings of C.S. Lewis on Christianity.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear about religion.

35 Reviews | 7 Followers
Clever, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you love Lewis and his clever way of seeing the world thru the devil's eyes. The 2nd half is stronger than first.

Don't see it if you're concerned about intensity & what is primarily a solo play. The 2nd character is a mime who really lightens the storytelling.

12 Reviews | 3 Followers
Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if You love C. S. Lewis.

Don't see it if You have a hard time following English from mid-1900's England.

6 Reviews | 0 Followers
Clever, Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you are fan of CS Lewis and the classic, or interested in religious thought

Don't see it if You can't stand being spoken at for so ling, even if there's some distractions.

Critic Reviews (28)

November 25th, 2016

"This intellectual source material could make for a ponderous stage production, but the show is terrific–animated and engaging. In place of dramatic tension it serves up a thick irony...McLean gives a brilliant performance as 'His Abysmal Sublimity' Screwtape. In lesser hands the role would be deadly, but Mr. McLean, who also directs the show, keeps us absorbed throughout...'The Screwtape Letters' is quite an accomplishment, intellectually and emotionally absorbing."
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The New York Times
June 11th, 2010
For a previous production

"As satirical and clever as it is, 'The Screwtape Letters' is a sermon at heart, and sermons are rarely the stuff of riveting drama. The humor of this stage adaptation is mostly cerebral, and a large part of what makes it successful is an energetic performance by Mr. McLean that brings some semblance of action to the stage. Karen Eleanor Wight is aptly reptilian as Toadpipe. One doesn’t have to be a Christian to enjoy 'The Screwtape Letters.'"
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The Washington Post
December 23rd, 2012
For a previous production

"McLean’s portrayal can’t help but charm an audience…Yet McLean’s acting cannot fully divert an audience from the repetitive nature of the 90-minute piece, as Screwtape dictates letter after letter. With co-director Jeffrey Fiske, McLean has invented ways to add theatricality and diversion to the evening, and they largely work — until they, too, become repetitive."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 14th, 2016
For a previous production

"The ideas are supple and surprising ones…Harris makes a meal of the text, visibly savoring every juicy word and ripe irony…'The Screwtape Letters' cannot be considered a complete success…McLean, who directed, has done just about everything possible to keep things lively…However, none of these touches are sufficient against a script that begins intriguingly but cannot escape the fact that it is essentially a tract."
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January 19th, 2016
For a previous production

"Vibrantly presented and impeccably performed by an accomplished actor, it is fitfully entertaining due to its repetitive structure and inherent prolixity...Theatergoers unfamiliar with (and even those familiar) the nature of 'The Screwtape Letters' may become restless despite all of its accomplished elements. After the play’s first 20 minutes, its format is clear and there’s still a good deal of it left."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"Although the material verges on repetitive and pedantic at times, Brent Harris, in the role of Screwtape, keeps the energy flowing through his full-embodied performance and masterful musicality of the language. Realizing Hell has no time or space, Harris dominates and navigates quite an emotional journey…For a short evening that will engage your mind, body, and spirit, head on over to the Pearl Theatre."
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Broadway Blog
January 13th, 2016
For a previous production

"A stylish (if conventionally “devilish”) performance by Harris..., highly expressive pantomime from Wight, imaginative staging, striking lighting..., an unusual soundscape..., and a chilling all they can to bring this talky play to life. Much of it is intriguing, provocative, and, to many (if not to me), laugh-worthy, but once its sermonizing point is made some may find that going from one letter to another, with only a single voice, tends toward dramaturgic stasis."
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May 23rd, 2010
For a previous production

"A devilishly funny theatrical adaptation…This production is tight and swiftly paced. The grisly rear wall of Screwtape's hellish office immediately sets a disturbing tone…Lewis wrote insightfully about how easy it was for people to be led astray by the small things in life…McLean and Wight make a diabolical duo, and Lewis' philosophical insights into human nature are cleverly conveyed in 'The Screwtape Letters'."
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