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Time Stands Still

From 43 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Relevant

About the show

New Light Theater Project presents an intimate revival of Donald Margulies’ Tony Award-nominated drama about Sarah, a photo-journalist who returns home after being severely injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. More…

Once home, Sarah's reporter boyfriend James is swamped by guilt about leaving her alone in Iraq. They receive a visit from their friend Richard, a photo editor, who introduces them to his new, much younger girlfriend Mandy. The play focuses on their relationships and Sarah and James's prospects at a more conventional life.

Member Reviews (43)


Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Relevant
Avg Score

Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if I cannot figure out the high ratings, the show was slow moving, bad direction. The actors were little better then community theater actors.

Don't see it if if you like a play that digs deeper then this one. the show has no depth to it. Bad costumes, acting and directing. absolutely horribleshow!

Relevant, Profound, Absorbing, Intelligent, Insightful

See it if Close friends faced with life changing decisions about work & home dive into their conflicting values. Meaty themes & characters.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in a play about passionate war journalists. You don’t want to ponder a lot of questions and imperfect relationships.

Thought-provoking, Dated, Sketchy, Intense

See it if you are fascinated by the dynamics of straight couples -- two of them! --negotiating (or failing to negotiate) the tough times.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that offers a formal challenge to the psychological drama that has signaled "serious theater" in the US since WWII.

Also Perhaps this play felt fresher when it was new (a dozen years ago). Th... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see great acting in a great play in an intimate theater about the roles of people in crisis situations .One of Donald M's best

Don't see it if also a convenient location near F station.. .. only neg. is such a short run.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like stories about couples whose work lives, and relationships are affected by war and the past. Romances can be unusual.

Don't see it if You expect elaborate sets. This is a small production with great acting.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You want to look at preconceived roles, what we expect from our relationships, how we redefine ourselves for others we''ve disappointed.

Don't see it if You dont want to listen to action described. Many things happen, questions asked and answered. The play is propelled forward.

Also Gender is very much under the microscope here. Our heroine is the vict... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a splendid revival of a terrific play by Donald Margulies.

Don't see it if you are looking for fluff.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy in depth character study and analyzing the complexities of relationships. Not a lot of action but riveting dialog.

Don't see it if you want a musical or a comedy, or you don't like a small venue.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Insightful, Fine acting

See it if you like iinsights into complex human relationships, struggles with morality and people dealing with how to find satisfaction in their lives

Don't see it if favor "light" humorous plays rather than ones that seriously explore how humans cope with the difficulties of life in our current society.

Absorbing, Dated, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you'll enjoy a well acted revival about loving someone who wants something different from life than you do & trying hard to make it work.

Don't see it if you're looking for a "big" production, prefer comedy or musicals; you've seen enough plays about dysfunctional couples.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like Great acting in an intimate setting. I saw it on Broadway and liked it no less the second time. Smart writing Relevant subjects

Don't see it if You don’t like plays about choices and consequences

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a well acted and well written drama with real people.

Don't see it if you want to see a light and fluffy play.

Also Although I enjoyed the play very much, I realized after I left the the... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like good dramas that make you think.

Don't see it if you want to seee a light comedy.


See it if you like a professional production in a very small theater. A very watchable play that goes by fast.

Don't see it if you don't like serious shows about interpersonal relationships.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want an eye opening portrayal of the journalistic experience in war torn areas

Don't see it if you don't like relationship dramas ir are adverse to discussions of current US military actions

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Good acting

See it if You appreciate thought piece on how witnessing war affects your psyche, relationships and coping with life and career. second couple adds

Don't see it if You’re expecting all moral questions to be answered. Brings up issues of what your responsibilities are when you witness atrocities.

Well worth the time

See it if Drama lovers delight as contemporary master gets it right. Strong primary pair. Nagrant easily carries show. Ensemble runs like Swiss watch.

Don't see it if Off off Bway lacks amenities. Low maintenance audiences fare best. It's really all about the play.

Also Mr. DeGraw is so large that his stature distracts from play. More conc... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like plays about relationships that are well written. Small but good production of a good show.

Don't see it if you like more polished theater, large scale theater.

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You enjoy deeply intense relationships and/or shows touching upon relevant issues

Don't see it if You are not willing to wait for the characters/actors to "hit their stride" after a slow or hesitant first act. You prefer fluff.

Intelligent, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy the kind of work that you'd expect from a pro.

Don't see it if realistic dramas without elements of the experimental or avant-garde don't appeal to you.

Also The one thing that tempers my enthusiasm for this play is that the dra... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy entertaining revivals reinterpreted in a smaller setting with decent actors making the show still relevant

Don't see it if You don’t like small productions or revivals, you only like amazing acting, or a lead who overacts a little would annoy you

Also Overall: Enjoyable revival that made great use of a small stage. I was... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if One of the many sides of war that never gets enough attention. Brilliant script raising fascinating questions

Don't see it if Slight awkward vibe between the cast that doesn’t hinder much except the character Mandy may feel too out of place for some

Also Set was exactly how I imagined two wartime photographer/journalist to ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Inspired acting and writing., Intimate, yet expansive.

See it if enjoy well acted thought-provoking dramas that'll more than just ordinary domestic stories.

Don't see it if NOTE: This actually is at the wonderful THEATER FOR A NEW CITY until March 25, 2018.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you missed or love the play, want to see an excellent, professional-quality production on a small scale and in an intimate space.

Don't see it if you dislike "kitchen-sink" realism, are not interested in any hint of politics in theatre.

Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the complexities of working in conflict zones and depicting human suffering

Don't see it if You want a polished high-end production. This is simple and effective but without frills.

February 11th, 2018
"New Light Theater Project holds true to the standards of the Little Theater Movement with this revival of 'Time Stands Still'. The truth in each moment in this complicated story reaches heights, soaring just above the life of an average New Yorker. In the listening, the characters find strength....
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February 12th, 2018
"This insightfully written, articulate play pits bearing witness against trying to actively help...The company is all very good. Each actor creates distinctive bearing, movement, and speech...Director Jerry Heymann has a keen eye for subtle moments and nuanced timing. He invisibly brackets tensio...
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February 13th, 2018
"Audiences who were underwhelmed by the original production will discover new relevance, rawness, and humor the New Light Theater's heartfelt revival...The script goes to both painful and tenderly funny places as these intelligent, troubled characters navigate the intersection of personal and pol...
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February 13th, 2018
"Under the capable direction of Jerry Heymann and the first-rate set design of Brian Dudkiewicz, the interior life of the narrative is compelling...Nagrant and Long establish a lived authenticity and love between these two characters, which exists alongside the heaviness of the trauma they have s...
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