Shadowlands : Trip To New York Updated November 5, 2017 at 8:46 am

Shadowlands : Trip To New York

The Unlikely, True Love Story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman
From the producers of The Screwtape Letters, The Most Reluctant Convert, The Great Divorce and Martin Luther on Trial comes Shadowlands, the unlikely and true love story of renowned Oxford scholar and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis and the much younger Joy Davidman, a divorced Jewish New Yorker, former Communist and Christian convert.

The smart, brash Joy bursts into Lewis’ sedate, middle-aged life and upends it. Lewis is as shocked as anyone to discover that he and Joy have fallen deeply in love – and then almost immediately he must contend with the equally deep pain of losing her when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Funny, poignant and insightful, Shadowlands — also an Oscar®-winning film — is a moving portrait of love and loss, faith and doubt, as inspired by Lewis’ own A Grief Observed.

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This play would certainly be worth a trip to New York.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)

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  • Shadowlands blends the lightness and humor of a good romantic comedy with just enough theological depth to engage the intellect without feeling like homework.  [ see reference article ]

As was stated, it would be worth a trip to New York City just to see the play, however, typical of American Culture Christianity we wouldn’t want anything to feel like homework. After all, to the American Christian Church the offense of the cross of Jesus has to be entertaining. Never mind such negates the power of God to transform and take our lives.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

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(nationalreview.com)—The new show is a revival: Shadowlands debuted in England in 1989, starring Nigel Hawthorne as Lewis. Later, it moved to Broadway, then television, and finally it became a feature film in 1993 with Anthony Hopkins as Lewis and Debra Winger as Davidman. The Fellowship for Performing Arts, the group behind this production, is a countercultural force: It aims “to engage and entertain its patrons by telling stories from a Christian worldview that can capture the imagination of a diverse audience,” writes founder and artistic director Max McLean in the program.

When it comes to Lewis and the stage, McLean and his team are veterans: In 2006, I raved about their adaptation of The Screwtape Letters. Shadowlands blends the lightness and humor of a good romantic comedy with just enough theological depth to engage the intellect without feeling like homework. It begins with Lewis alone on stage: “Good evening. The subject of my talk tonight is love, pain, and suffering.”

And that about sums it up, though of course it’s not really a talk at all, but rather a dramatic performance with characters and dialogue. Shadowlands asks a simple question and proposes a tough answer. Where is God when we suffer? “The suffering in the world is not the failure of God’s love for us,” says Lewis. “It is that love in action.”

By the end of Shadowlands, this counterintuitive claim feels like truth. The cast is excellent, with Daniel Gerroll as Lewis, Robin Abramson as Davidman, and John C. Vennema as Lewis’s brother, Warnie. Curiously, Gerroll looks a bit like J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis’s fellow scholar and author and famous friend; he plays his part with the right mix of cool manners and hidden warmth. Abramson is vibrant and commanding. Vennema is a source of comic relief: He doesn’t get all of the jokes, but he has some of the best and is a welcome, supporting presence.

So if you’re in New York City between now and January 7, when the show closes, walk a couple of blocks beyond the bright brilliance of Times Square and into the Acorn Theater on West 42nd St: “For believe me, this world that seems to us so substantial is no more than the shadowlands.”

 

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