Actor Max McLean has been working like the devil for years.
More precisely, he has been portraying a senior demon, Screwtape, in the vast bureaucracy of the Devil, in the two-person show, "The Screwtape Letters," which will be presented at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Alex Theatre.
The 57-year-old McLean has been getting into the mind of the demon Screwtape since 2006, when he and his theater company, Fellowship for the Performing Arts, tested the waters for a stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis' satiric novel, "The Screwtape Letters."
With the popular appeal of cinematic versions of Lewis' novels — "The Chronicles of Narnia" series — audiences are looking deeper into Lewis' work.
"The Screwtape Letters" is a provocative and funny theatrical adaptation of the Lewis' novel about spiritual warfare from a demon's point of view. In it, Screwtape dictates letters to his nephew, Wormwood, advising the junior demon in the fine art of persuading humans to part with their souls.