May 10, 2012
The hit off-Broadway play now at the Mercury Theater, replete with the New York cast, imagines that a dying Sigmund Freud invites the young C.S. Lewis to his study in London on the eve of World War II. "Freud's Last Session," written by Mark St. Germain, is a play designed to allow two of the greatest minds of the 20th century -- one who saw all religious fantasies as flowing from hidden psychological needs, and the other a romantic man determined to make the intellectual case for faith ¿ to go at each other for 90 minutes. As played by the terrific Mark H. Dold, this Lewis is emotional, a tad smug, quick to anger and even faster to betray his insecurity. Martin Rayner's Freud reveals a man clinging on to his lifetime of confident intellectual achievement, even while staring into a new and intimidating abyss.
Read the full "Freud's Last Session" review by Chris Jones
Through July 15 at Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave.; $45-59 at 773-325-1700