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October 22, 2012

Freud’s Last Session, An Imagined Meeting Of Two Great Minds, Opens At The Arden Theatre Thursday October 25

Directed by one of Philadelphia's most talented actors, Ian Merrill Peakes, Freud's Last Session is a don't-miss production at the always-impressive Arden Theatre. (Photo courtesy Arden Theatre)

Great minds think alike. Or do they? Well, that depends on who those minds are and the subject matter.

But if those two minds are the father of modern psychology and a young author destined for literary fame, you can count on spirited discussions offering much food for thought.

That’s just what you get with Freud’s Last Session about an imagined meeting between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, opening at the Arden Theatre on Thursday, October 25.

The play, which had a successful two-year Off-Broadway run, takes place just as England enters World War II. Freud, an ailing octogenarian, invites Lewis to his London flat. This is before Lewis has hit it big as a writer of religiously allegorical novels that include The Chronicles of Narnia series and The Screwtape Letters. At this stage, Lewis is a young professor with bold ideas about faith and the faithful.

For about an hour and half, these two formidable thinkers volley back and forth about God, love, science and man’s place in the universe. The intellectual debate, at times tinged with humor, makes for a thoughtful gentlemanly showdown.

Tickets are available online.

Freud’s Last Session
Where: Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street
When: October 25-December 23
Cost: $36-$48
More info: www.ardentheatre.com

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