The Screwtape Letters
Get a glimpse of hell in The Screwtape Letters, based on the novel by C.S. Lewis. Brent Harris appears as His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape, Satan's head psychiatrist. Marissa Molnar and Tamala Bakkensen share the role of Toadpipe, Screwtape's deliciously flexible demon assistant. The two are the only characters that appear onstage. Screwtape dictates letters outlining recruitment strategies for Wormwood, an unseen demon-in-training learning how to tempt humans to the dark side. The notes detail plans on distracting Christians from their good intentions (a well-timed stomach growl can derail a desire to pray, for example). Witty and ironic, Screwtape Letters turns good and evil on their heads, showing the audience the ease with which well-meaning people are led astray. Audience members will recognize all-too-familiar rationales for postponing an act of kindness or show of faith.
8 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 832-487-704 or visit houstonfirsttheaters.com. $44 to $94.
Aug. 16-17, 2013
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