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C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters 

When: Fri., Sept. 30, 8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 1, 4 & 8 p.m. 2011
Phone: 773-969-5200
Price: $29 - $59
www.screwtapeonstage.com
This stage adaptation of the great Lewis’ clever speculation on the “consultant’s role” in gaining souls for Satan was first presented in New York in 2006, then was remounted with wider recognition in 2007, and later had significant longer runs in Chicago and Washington, D.C., before finally making a limited national tour, gathering strong reviews along the way from major media outlets. Nashville should provide a natural audience for this 90-minute theatrical, as Lewis’ allegorical works have been successfully presented onstage locally in seasons past, notably The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Here, we follow His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape, Beelzebub’s top psychiatrist, played by veteran actor Max McLean, who has characterized his portrayal as part Hannibal Lecter, part Iago, and part Noel Coward. With his demon-secretary Toadpipe assisting, Screwtape instructs an apprentice named Wormwood on the fine art of seducing unsuspecting humans down the “soft, gentle path to hell.” Lewis’ rumination on the nature of evil finds the influential Christian writer at his devilish, thought-provoking best.
— Martin Brady

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