Being in the same room as way too many family members means tensions run high. But it doesn't have to be a giant blame game with a side of binge eating. One of the best things about the people forced to hang out with you by way of relation is the tales. The advice and quips of "back in my day" start out silly enough but end in real feelings delivered after years of cementing a view on life. It's the view you have to hold onto, and it's the view that will soon become your own.
Such is The Screwtape Letters. Originally written by C.S. Lewis in 1942, the story is of an uncle passing down his wisdom to an overwhelmed nephew. With advice nuggets like the classic "Indeed the safest road to hell is the gradual one," this story has gone down as a major literary work. And now, The Screwtape Letters has found its way to live action, but it's much better in every conceivable way. The story has found new life on the stage and a new audience to advise.
The Screwtape Letters is live Friday and Saturday at the Parker Playhouse, located at 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. The show starts at 8 p.m. Friday and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $29 and $69. Call 954-462-0222, or visit parkerplayhouse.com.
Fri., April 11, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 12, 4 & 8 p.m., 2014