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Time Stands Still (Ego Actus)

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

About the show

Set in Brooklyn, this contemporary drama revolves around Sarah, a photo journalist who has returned from covering a war in Syria after being injured by a roadside bomb. More…

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

Member Reviews (32)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent
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Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Well-constructed, Conventional

See it if you’re interested in the ethics of making art out of human tragedies, or examining up close the minute psychic shifts of a couple in crisis.

Don't see it if you want your theater to feel totally new, or if descriptions of what happens to bodies in contemporary warfare make you queasy.

Also The psychological realism of conventional drama is not my preferred fo... Read more Read less

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

See it if you want to be a first-hand witness to human interaction among four talented actors on a topics that ripple through our lives today.

Don't see it if you cannot stand the pain or the desires of those different than your own or if the topic of war photography and reporting are not for you.

Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It's a story about relationship, how a couple handles their bad experience oversea, when reporting new/pictures

Don't see it if People taking pictures of disturbing and horrible things that humans do to one another

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

See it if you want to try to understand the role of wartime journalists & photojournalists and the consequences of their decisions.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear about pain, both physical & psychological.

Also This is a well written & performed piece and though serious, is leaven... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense

See it if You are interested in the consequences of a calling to be a wartime correspondent/photojournalist on one's personal life. Nice acting.

Don't see it if Intense self-examination makes you uncomfortable.

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

See it if You want to see a play about how people cope with a traumatic experience and how it impacts relationships.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a great play in a great space performed by a great cast about a traumatic experience and how they handle it.

Also Yes, this is about a photojournalists experience when a roadside bomb ... Read more Read less

Standing ovation

See it if Superb acting, master playwright. Extravagant set for off off Broadway.

Don't see it if Inconvenient venue. House manager constantly solicits donations for each show.

Also Alexander and Weinert have great chemistry after a month together. Ste... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in relationships and how people outgrow one another or grow into one another. If you are interested in large issues.

Don't see it if You want comedy or music or trivial entertainment.

Also Saw this play twice in one month by two different companies. I would s... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Relatable, Intimate, Good character development

See it if you like intimate shows with great acting and strong character development. This is about how relationships change when time stands still.

Don't see it if prefer big high budget productions with a lot of plot twists. This is a predictable examination of characters and their desires in life.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like a drama on a "difficult" topic: the moral dilemma of being a writer or photographer in a war zone, making $ when people die.

Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare such as musicals or comedies

Also It's a 4-person ensemble but the protagonist (actress Maggie Alexander... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a well-crafted play​, excellent acting and masterful direction by Joan Kane. A truly Broadway set and show in a downtown theater!

Don't see it if if you only like Broadway musicals.

Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if Ur interested in the consequences of wars from a photographer journalist point of view.there r some delightful funny moments.

Don't see it if You can’t stand neurotic behavior between a couple.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a brilliantly-acted, though-provoking, character-driven piece that explores all sides of a tough situation

Don't see it if you only like musicals

Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a fully staged, fully realized story with committed actors

Don't see it if You want a light hearted musical. If you don't like dramas where the characters make tough choices

Great staging, Relevant, Slow

See it if you like plays about relevant events dealing with relationship struggles and work/life balance

Don't see it if you want a fast moving, super dramatic play with lots of scene changes and an elaborate set

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you want to have your thoughts about journalists/photographers who cover wars, jump-started. It made me re-examine who I am as an observer.

Don't see it if you if you need a huge production with star-power. If you have no interest in this unusual occupation.

Absorbing, thought-provoking, entertaining

See it if You liked Dinner With Friends, clear explorations of relationships, good and bad, delving into values and morality, intimate theater

Don't see it if You are looking for Boffo, Socko,don't like straightforward plays with humor and moments that provoke thinking; don't enjoy actors up-close

Also Donald Margulies is a lovely playwright, best known for his Dinner wit... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense

See it if You like topical theater, small show productions, and shows that explore issues of PTSD and war.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that aren't fully uplifting, or if you don't want to be exposed in any way to the horrors of war.

Absorbing, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if like plays that delve into human conflict and with slice of life drama.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained with easy subject matter or final answers about everything.

Dated, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You love strong female leads, small cast shows, and plays that make you think about the real world. You're a photography and journalism fan.

Don't see it if You want your theatre to be an escape, you're bothered by some slightly dated/mansplain-y characters, or you're super into light design.

Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you don't mind facing life events that demand re-evaluation of purpose and priorities. How do you cope and how to continue your life?

Don't see it if you need a light entertainment and wish to enjoy some music.

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

See it if You are interested in changing relationships, strong women following their own career path, and media issues related to war and refugees.

Don't see it if Talky plays about couples and controversies about journalists and photographers in international hotspots are not to your taste.

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You like realistic plays depicting the horrors of war to innocent people and Journalists from the US telling the story. Is graphic-artistic

Don't see it if You like light romantic stories

Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like well-constructed plays that make you think.

Don't see it if N/A.... Well, if you have or almost have PTSD from something ghastly in your past (war being the most likely & sensitive), miss this. BUT...

Also DO NOT be put off by any 10-20 word summary that makes you think you'l... Read more Read less

Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense, Clever

See it if You want to see a show that will make you think.

Don't see it if You don’t like arguments and controversial subjects.

March 15th, 2018
"A thoughtful revival...This play is more than a play. It speaks of films and ideas and asks why people want to have certain jobs and read (or don't read the news). As the truth is slowly revealed, we see characters struggling to hold in more information than they care to share. All of this is a ...
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March 17th, 2018
"Under the direction of Joan Kane, the play is staged wonderfully and leaves the audience engaged throughout all the humorous moments of the play, as well as the more emotional ones...The cast of this show does an overall solid job at bringing these characters to life...This was a very well-produ...
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March 12th, 2018
"'Time Stands Still' is an insightful and incisive exploration of the changes that occur in people’s lives...It is also a thought-provoking commentary on the ethical considerations which might enter into one’s choosing to photograph an injured or dying child rather than coming to the assistance o...
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March 29th, 2018
"What makes Margulies's masterful 'Time Stands Still' so unique is that, while it incorporates all the necessary dramatic elements, the play never relies on them to tell the story...Avoids many clichéd tropes...Top-notch acting and chemistry between the actors also brings to life the underlying d...
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