Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Screwtape Letters on Broadway

I finally got around to seeing Max McLean's Screwtape Letters last Friday night with Tammy and it was thoroughly enjoyable and powerful.  I have read Lewis' Screwtape letters several times and liked it but not nearly as much as his other writings like: The Great Divorce, or Mere Christianity. Sort of on the level of his space trilogies.  But seeing and hearing it spoken and performed by McLean was powerful.  Listening to Wormwood was much more engaging than reading.  It is amazing the insight Lewis had on temptation and the words he put into Wormwood's mouth.  It is telling that the Playbill describes it as 'wickedly funny' and i kept hearing people laughing but to me it was profoundly serious and moving. I would recommend seeing it and tickets are very reasonable.

One section of Wormwood's dialog still has me thinking:

"Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy's ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours. He made all the pleasures: all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one. All we can do is to encourage the humans to take pleasures which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden. Hence we always try to work away from the natural condition of any pleasure to that in which it is least natural, least redolent of its Maker, and least pleasurable."

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