If you’ve ever justified your actions by saying “The devil made me do it!” then you’ll relate to The Screwtape Letters, a witty theatrical production told from the demon’s point of view, at the Merriam Theater, Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20.
A sold-out hit in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C, and based on C.S. Lewis’ classic novel of the same name, the show revolves around Screwtape, Satan’s chief psychiatrist, who schemes to provoke a patient to venture down the path of eternal damnation. In this upside down world, God is the enemy and the devil is the go-to guy for human souls.
As played by formidable thespian Max McClean, ol’ Screwtape is an over-the-top larger-than-life character. He indulges in evil and corruption and relishes ruining people’s lives. He’s aided and abetted by a lively sidekick, Toadpipe, who gleefully pantomimes scenarios that propel mere mortals down the road to hell.
As with Lewis’ popular The Chronicles of Narnia series, there’s a Christian subtext, and while The Screwtape Letters is a sly satire, it also has a serious message about the nature of evil.
Tickets are available online.
The Screwtape Letters
Where: Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
When: Friday, October 19, 8 p.m., Saturday, October 20, 4 and 8 p.m.
More info: www.kimmelcenter.org