August 6-21, 2011
Magic is a funny, fiercely dramatic, unabashedly romantic play that has, like its author, been unfairly neglected over the past fifty years. This past January, a professional theater in Washington D.C. mounted a production of it that was so popular they extended the run. Before that, however, the play had not been performed in the U.S. for decades. It deserves a much wider audience.
The story involves an aristocratic family whose conflicting beliefs and doubts about the supernatural are all challenged by the arrival of a mysterious conjurer. Like all of Chesterton’s work, it’s charming and thought-provoking and perfect for an evening’s entertainment and coffee with friends afterward, as the play features dramatic debates between believers and skeptics about miracles and the question of spiritual reality.