Friday, May 30, 2014

The Screwtape Letters

Anthony Lawton in Hell
The Lantern Theatre Company, located in St. Stephen’s Church, 10th and Ludlow Streets, is presenting a return engagement of Anthony Lawton’s adaptation of C.S.  Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters through June 15.  Don’t assume that if you’ve seen this presentation once you needn’t see it again. I’ve seen this production 3 times and this one is by far the crispest and most polished. Anthony Lawton’s skill onstage for the entire production is unsurpassed as he reads letters from his nephew, Wormwood, and gives him advice on how to corrupt an individual’s soul. His lengthy monologues are interspersed with delightful sultry (and sometimes sado/masochistic) dancing routines with his equally agile secretary Toadpipe, portrayed by Sarah Gliko. He also throws in an occasional fire-eating demonstration, and a duel. This production is not a picture of hell that one might expect.  Every moment has a new surprise. Lawton is engaging as a demon who becomes frustrated in his attempt to instruct his nephew in the finer nuances of corrupting a soul. Gliko is a breath of fresh air in what must be a very hot environment. For more information or tickets, call 215-829-0395 or visit online at            

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