The Screwtape Letters | Mercury Theater Chicago | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 23 2008
Phone: 773-325-1700
Price: $29-$48.50
Max McLean and Jeffrey Fiske have done the seemingly impossible: devised an entertainment that can be targeted at both Halloween and Christmas audiences. How? By tapping into the medieval sensibility of C.S. Lewis, for whom Lucifer was real and constantly warring with God. The 1942 book on which this adaptation is based records the correspondence between Screwtape, a Satanic bureaucrat, and a young devil attempting to seduce his first human soul. If the text sometimes transcends dogma it's because Lewis was a supremely urbane and witty believer. But his absolute commitment to harsh pre-Vatican II tenets peeks out all over this 90-minute monologue, directed by Fiske and delivered by McLean, creating distasteful passages for the unconvinced. Yvonne Gougelet is marvelous as Screwtape's secretary, Toadpipe. --Tony Adler



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