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Time Stands Still

From 4 critic and 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.



85
Ethan Kanfer: New York Theater Reviews

"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 polemical...Nagrant movingly captures Sarah's battered idealism...Equally compelling, Long embodies James's disillusion and resilience...They receive ample support from the supporting cast." Full Review

85
Plays to See

"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 survived, both individually and as a couple...An impressive staging of one of Margulies’ finest and most thought-provoking dramas." Full Review

80
Woman Around Town

"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 tension and sarcasm, utilizes watchfulness as often as gesture and approaches the piece without judgment." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"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. Director Jerry Heymann makes certain that the space is completely inhabited. Every breath matters. Light jazz music...ensures a light mood, through every turn of emotions." Full Review


95
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

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

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.

93
Insightful, Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

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.

92
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like intimate productions with a strong cast. Bonus: really effective designs for such a historic theater space.

Don't see it if you like musicals or lighter material.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

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

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You are interested in serious subject matters

Don't see it if You are looking for something lighthearted

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, 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

86
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Inspired acting and writing., Intimate, yet expansive.

See it if ...you 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.

86
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Margulies' work

Don't see it if Don't want to be presented with moral questions

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

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.

86
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You are intrigued by the complexity of modern relationships. You don't mind visiting quirky, hole-in-the-wall theaters.

Don't see it if You're into fantasy and elaborate staging and costumes. You only like musicals.

86
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Dated, Great staging

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.

85
Insightful, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, 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.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

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.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like a well acted, relevant play that is thought provoking. This covers contemporary issues and is well acted.

Don't see it if You prefer light comedic or musical shows.

84
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Well scripted

See it if Good flow, solid storyline, great acting, definitely thought provoking. I was sucked in from the beginning.

Don't see it if You like a full production, glam and glitz.

83
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.

83
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.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging

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

81
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.

80
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in how a catastrophic event resonates in the lives of those touched by it.

Don't see it if Don't care to think about the philosophical questions of war and the moral obligations of those who report on it.

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a well written play with a solid cast.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy realistic socially conscious dramas.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if appreciate very realistic and believable script and acting and characters that develop thoroughly

Don't see it if Highly recommend

80
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

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


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