REVIEW: Arizona Theatre Company’s “Freud’s Last Session”

By Judith Dauncey – Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) is once again proving its strength in local theatre.  Its current production, Freud’s Last Session written by Mark St. Germain (suggested by The Question of God by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.), is a long-running off-Broadway hit.  This is an engaging peek into a theoretical meeting between renowned minds Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, in Freud’s London home on the eve of England’s entrance into World War II.

This work, which could have been as entertaining as dry toast, is surprisingly well-paced and at times funny.  The actors, J. Michael Flynn (Freud) and Benjamin Evett (Lewis), handle the material and the characters well.  ATC’s production of Freud’s Last Session comes at an interesting time.  The last few years have seen heated and not so friendly social commentary regarding religion, sex and societal morality.  How refreshing to have viewed a civil discourse that, while converting neither participant, ultimately leads to a tenuous mutual respect.

Freud’s Last Session runs from February 14 – March 3 at Herberger Theater Center. For additional information, call 602.256.6995 or visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

J. Michael Flynn (Sigmund Freud) in Arizona Theatre Company's Freud’s Last Session.

J. Michael Flynn (Sigmund Freud) in Arizona Theatre Company’s Freud’s Last Session.

Benjamin Evett (C.S. Lewis) in Arizona Theatre Company's Freud’s Last Session.

Benjamin Evett (C.S. Lewis) in Arizona Theatre Company’s Freud’s Last Session.

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