Imagine trying to write a paperback made up solely of letters. They are letters from an experienced demon to a “junior tempter” containing advice about how to lure the “patient” away from the snares of the Enemy (God).
It would take a master of both the spiritual life and English style to produce an entertaining book like this. C.S. Lewis was a master of both, and he did it: The Screwtape Letters.
Now imagine trying to set this paperback on the stage. This is one of the most formidable theatrical challenges of all time.
There is only one speaking part.
The only “plot”–the twisting fortunes of the ‘patient’–is completely invisible to the audience.
It would take a madman to attempt to stage The Screwtape Letters.
It would take a true thespian genius to pull it off–to make it fun, exciting, and edifying.
Max McLean is the genius who has managed to do it.
He transforms the clever book into a 90-minute dramatic production that moves–moves itself and moves you.
I almost never say this: This play is better than the book–more delightful, a great deal more exciting.
Tickets are available in Washington for one more weekend–this coming weekend.