- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc. (June 9, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0822225069
- ISBN-13: 978-0822225065
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Time Stands Still - Acting Edition
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“The play’s two hours fly by as if you’ve barely taken a breath. . . . Ethical dilemmas arise like exploding mines.”–Variety
“Mr. Margulies is a skilled practitioner of fluid dialogue that is naturally funny and sensibly smart.” –The New York Times
In his “absorbing intelligent” (Los Angeles Times) and timely new play, Donald Margulies uncovers the layers of a relationship between a photojournalist and foreign correspondentâonce addicted to the adrenaline of documenting the atrocities of war, and now grounded in the couple’s Brooklyn loft. Photographer Sarah was seriously injured while covering the war in Iraq; her reporter partner James had left weeks earlier, when the stress and horrors became too much for him. Now James writes online movie reviews while Sarah recovers, mourning for her Iraqi driver (and former lover) killed in the explosion, and itching to get back behind the camera. With this playâcoming to Broadway this winterâMargulies revisits themes of being an artist, as characters ask: What does it mean to capture suffering on film, rather than stopping to intervene?
Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends, which has been produced throughout the world. Other plays include Sight Unseen (OBIE Award), Brooklyn Boy, and Collected Stories, among many others.
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Sarah, a photographer who has been in many of the world crises and war zones, hobbles on crutches into her loft apartment in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn with Richard, her lover of eight years. They have just come from a long flight and are bushed. She was badly injured in a bomb blast and had a long recovery period in an American service hospital in Germany. Richard flew there when he first heard about the injury and stayed with her all during the convalescence. Their driver/translator/fixer, Tariq, had been killed in the same blast.
They have many issues between them. Richard who had been partnering with her in Iraq witnessed a horrible explosion, had a serious nervous breakdown, and had to return to the States leaving Sarah there with Tariq. He feels that she could have flown back with him during his crisis, and she feels as if he had abandoned her.
Shortly after they get in the apartment, Richard, the photo editor of her magazine and a former lover of Sarah's from decades before, comes in with his new young trophy girlfriend, Mandy, who seems to be somewhat dumb. It's Mandy, however, who brings out two important themes in the play. She says, quite vehemently that she can't understand how photographers can take pictures of people who are in pain or great stress. Why don't they put down their cameras and help. No, says Sarah, they can do much more good by providing the world with a photographic record of the suffering.
Later Mandy says why can't Sarah and James stop writing stories and taking pictures of the miserable things happening in the world, the downer stories and pictures. For her and millions of others they just want to live their own lives and don't need to see pictures of people "who go around hacking each other to death" These people, she says, "have always been killing each other," and there's nothing the ordinary person looking at a magazine can do anything about.
Later alone with Sarah, James says that Sarah fell in love with a man's "suffering, his victimhood, the romance of his wretched people...Oppression itself." James says she gets turned on by war, chaos, and drama. She "needs the buzz." At one point Sarah says, "I live off the suffering of strangers. I built a career on the sorrows of people I don't know and will never see again." You wonder if she really cares about people.
Author Donald Margulies has written a play that has real three-dimensional people facing authentic situations. His four characters are swiftly but fully drawn, and we know a great deal about them. His dialogue crackles, is sharp and brilliant. Not a word or gesture is wasted. In the theater or as a reader you are going to be propelled along by the narrative drive of this unique play full of all sorts of cross-currents and bristling with serious ideas.
Time Stands Still is one of those shows so perfect the way that it is that you just p r a y it will never be sold and adapted as a film.
Perfect just the way it is. With inconvenient, imperfect characters. And loose ends untied.
We need plays that have only a few cast members and this would fit the bill. It is dramatic..becomes a bit preachy at times and doesn't have many chuckles. If you are looking for a serious play...this might fit the bill. Only four characters.
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This play is more about character than action, which isn't my favorite type of play. The exploration of character is subtle and the playwright unfolds the story...Read more