The Screwtape Letters at Lansburgh Theatre Sunday, Dec. 23

The devil gets his due at the Lansburgh Theatre this week as the Fellowship for the Performing Arts’ theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters returns to D.C. for the holidays. But this isn’t anything like a short jaunt to Narnia. The play tells the story of the devil’s chief psychiatrist, Screwtape (Max McLean), who attempts to gently guide his human “patient” away from God into the hands of the devil. His task is a rather important one because, after all, human souls provide much of Hell’s fuel. Joining the silken Screwtape in his quest is his grotesque, shape-shifting assistant Toadpipe (Beckley Andrews and Tamala Bakkensen), the very paragon of vice. The show is a funny, fast-paced investigation about the nature of sin and the nature of humanity. But as entertaining as the show is, the dialogue is sharp enough to cut, so each member of the audience should expect to squirm.

The play runs to Jan. 6 at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $39-$59. (202) 547-1122. screwtapeonstage.com.

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