Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
1 reviews, average rating:(5.0 Stars)
I saw this in NYC the narrative was compelling and the stage presence and a... more »
A smart, provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon's point of view.
The play follows the clever scheming a high level demon employs to entice a human toward damnation. In this inverted moral universe set in an office in hell, God is called the "Enemy" and the devil is referred to as "Our Father below." The stakes are high as human souls are the demon's primary source of food.
As His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape, Max McLean, creates a "master of the universe" character, all too familiar to New Yorkers, whose rhetorical flourishes mesmerize while he allures.
At his feet is the creature-demon, Toadpipe, who transforms into the paragons of vice Screwtape conjures with a flick of Screwtape's fingers. The actors' combined skills wheedle their unsuspecting soul down the "soft, gentle path to Hell."
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