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When: Mon., Nov. 3 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 7 2008

Set in 1950s England, William Nicholson's fact-based drama relates how C.S. Lewis, a middle-aged academic known for his Narnia books, befriended the much younger American poet Joy Gresham. When Gresham divorced her abusive husband, Lewis married her so she could stay in the UK--and only came to realize how much he loved her after she was diagnosed with bone cancer. The relationship triggered a crisis of faith in Lewis as he struggled to reconcile his belief in a loving God with the suffering he and Gresham endured. The story is moving regardless of one's views on religion, and director Steve Scott's intimate production steers clear of sentimental mawkishness, benefiting greatly from sensitive lead performances by Brian Parry and Jacqueline Grandt. --Albert Williams

Price: $22-$30

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