It’s no secret that late Chronicles of Narnia author C.S. Lewis was a devout Christian. But rather than stoop to the level of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, he allowed his characters to subtly pimp religion without resorting to name-calling or bigotry.
See for yourself when The Screwtape Letters blazes into Mesa Arts Center on Saturday, February 4. Lewis’ original book contained letters written between a high-level demon and his nephew, whom he charged with bringing a respected doctor over to the dark side. In the theatrical version, Screwtape is Satan’s psychologist and his minion a flexible dancer.
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Actor Max McLean eases into the title role with more good cheer than Lewis, who spoke publicly about the difficulties of channeling Beelzebub. “Though it was easy to twist one’s mind into the diabolical attitude, it was not fun,” Lewis wrote. “The work into which I had to project myself while I spoke through Screwtape was all dust, grit, thirst, and itch.”