If you're Sigmund Freud, it's only fair (if not mandatory) that writers speculate about the depths of your psyche. You can't swing a cat without hitting a play about yourself. The latest is Arizona Theatre Company's production of Freud's Last Session, dramatizing an imagined 1939 meeting between scholar (and Narnia chronicler) C. S. Lewis, who was transformed by Christianity relatively late in life, and the most crotchety and adamant of atheists.
Mark St. Germain's script was inspired by The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life, by Armand Nicholi, whose seminar on the pair's intellectually rigorous worldviews has been a Harvard favorite since 1967.
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The Phoenix run begins previews at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, allowing you to wonder what Freud might say about spending Valentine's Day pondering the significance of existence itself and whether evil is inherent in human nature.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 7 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 21, 2 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 23, 2 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 2, 4 p.m.; Sun., March 3, 1 p.m. Starts: Feb. 14. Continues through Feb. 24, 2013