Centre Stage is doing “Fringe theater on Tuesday nights”. These are small production, small cast performances focused on challenging the audience. This was the first performance this year.
Freud’s Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. (C.S. Lewis wrote the Narnia books and his friend was Tolkien who wrote “Lord of the Rings” books) On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life. Deeply touching and filled with humor and exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.
The theater was quite full. Performance was very good and certainly some interesting discussion between the two of them. I had not realized the circumstances of Freud’s health at the end of his life until I researched it before the play. Won’t give anything away here if you don’t know the end of his story. I suggest you do a little detective work. It is a pretty big part of this story. The backdrop story of World War II is powerful. The radio broadcasts, pictures on screens and of course the conversation. This play is set in Europe so they are getting bombed or soon will.
My take away from the play (and my life experiences) is you won’t make an atheist or a believer change their mind. Religion is not a logical topic. So glad we went.
Tomorrow night is Jessie Jackson, yes, that civil rights activist Jessie Jackson who is from Greenville. Quite a week of evening activities.