“All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek, find.”
“The Great Divorce” ponders an old Milton quote, “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.” At any time, the dead may leave Hell by taking a bus to the outskirts of Heaven. Once there, however, the travelers must abandon their spiritual baggage—addiction, pride, broken relationships—in order to complete the journey.
The play unfolds in a series of confrontations, as the travelers bare the ugliest parts of their souls. It’s philosophical, but also ruthlessly personal. You’ll hear your own heart in their struggles.
Anthony Lawton portrays more than a dozen characters with humor, urgency and haunting sincerity. He digs deep into their psyches, finding that core thread of resistance that would cause a soul to choose Hell over change—which makes it all the sweeter when a handful embrace the fullness that lies “further up and further in.”
C.S. Lewis fans couldn’t ask for a better adaptation. I saw the play two years ago, and every time Lawton returns I send somebody new to see it.
Whether you’re religious, formerly religious or simply enjoy provocative, insightful drama, “The Great Divorce” is a journey well worth taking.
Hosted by Glen Eyrie
3820 N 30th St
Box Office: (719) 265-7050
Playing October 11-12, 2017
Admission: $39 premier seating; $29 general
Running Time: 75 minutes