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Shadowlands  

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 4:30 p.m. Continues through April 3 2011
Phone: 459-3421
Price: $10 adult; $5 children; $8 students/seniors
Written originally for British television in 1985, William Nicholson’s Shadowlands was then adapted for the stage before emerging in 1993 on the big screen starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. The story concerns the relationship between Oxford don, novelist and master of religious allegory C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, etc.) and Joy Davidman Gresham, an American poet. The couple’s long-distance correspondence eventually spawned a strong relationship based mainly on a shared intellectual spirit. Gresham’s rara avis profile — divorced and Jewish, formerly a Communist, later a convert to Christianity — made for social difficulties for Lewis, but their mutual devotion endured, even through Gresham’s terminal cancer and premature death in 1960. The couple were married in 1957. The script demands strong players in the two leading roles, and the new Lamplighter’s Theatre Company production stars Tony Wakefield and Terra Buschmann. Among the supporting cast are solid vets Greg Wilson and Phil Brady. Nathan Owen directs.
— Martin Brady

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