Sunday, August 29, 2010

Touhill Preview: THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS

First of all, let me just start off by saying that you can get some pretty interesting looks when you're listening to cast recordings in the car with the windows down.  "Yeah, I'm listening to some GREY GARDENS!  You gotta problem with that?!?"  Geez…

Anyway, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS has recently popped up on the radar (C.S. Lewis' novel adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Fiske and Max McLean).  This play is enjoying an open run in NYC and stars Max McLean as Screwtape -- McLean will take a short break from the New York production to perform the role in St. Louis -- and I'm really kind of annoyed that I'm not going to be able to go.  I've got an HRC Dinner Gala to go to that night.  <--- Ah… see that's where I reveal a bit more about myself.  Now there's like a little bond between us!  There will be two showings -- 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. for one day only -- September 25.

The premise sounds very interesting.  A Wikipedia quote that talks about the novel says, "The Screwtape Letters comprises thirty-one letters written by a senior demon named Screwtape to his nephew, a young demon named Wormwood. Screwtape's letters contain advice for how to turn Wormwood's "Patient", an ordinary man living in war-time England, toward 'Our Father Below'".  Cool, right?  Here's a quote from Lewis on writing the novel - "Though I had never written anything more easily, I never wrote with less enjoyment... though it was easy to twist one’s mind into the diabolical attitude, it was not fun, or not for long. The work into which I had to project myself while I spoke through Screwtape was all dust, grit, thirst, and itch. Every trace of beauty, freshness, and geniality had to be excluded.”  Hmm... Maybe I could skip out on some of the HRC Gala festivities…

The novel, first published in 1942, is considered one of Lewis' most influential works.  Here's a little more detailed info. from the Touhill Performing Arts Center's website.  

I've been to the Touhill a couple of times and the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall is a sweet theatre space with a capacity of about 1,600 seats or so.  The good seats are a little pricey - more than our Regional Theatre, cheaper than NYC, but from what I've read, this show will be worth checking out.

I may try to sneak this show in that day, but in case I don't, let me know how it is!  On another note, I've been told that folks aren't able to easily leave comments on this blog which is aggravating.  I'll see if I can figure out what the deal is and try to get it resolved.  In the meantime, if you want to leave a comment, try logging in as "anonymous".  Hopefully this will help.

In conclusion, I see blinded horses, green ogres and swingin' 70's couples in my immediate future…
Until then -- thanks for reading!

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