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Time Stands Still - Acting Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0822225065
ISBN-10: 0822225069
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Product Details

  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John F. Rooney VINE VOICE on January 25, 2011
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I saw a performance of "Time Stands Still" on Broadway on Sunday, January 9, 2011. The printed script is very easy to read and follow. It was a thrilling play to see and is equally satisfying to read. The four actors in New York were James (Brian D'Arcy James), Sarah (Laura Linney), Richard (Eric Bogosian), and Mandy (Christina Ricci).
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.
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By Woody D. on October 20, 2010
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I saw this play on Broadway a few weeks ago and it is simply brilliant. Although the descriptions of this play make it seem bland it is anything but. The dialogue is extremely intense and the back story is well explained. I would suggest seeing the play rather than reading it, simply because of the actors (especially Laura Linney) but the wrting really was what made this play great.
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Margulies is a master at using the small interactions between individuals and couples to cast broader light on their relationships, and he takes that talent to the next level here by having a series of conversations between two couples reflect on the U.S. war in Iraq, global conflict, the media, and other matters. The most interesting parts deal with what Sarah's motivations are for practicing photojournalism in conflict zones. Is her primary interest in capturing the truth of war, regardless of personal risk, or is she an adrenaline junkie desperate to get her next fix? The weakest element is the character of Mandy, who to be fair does become a bit more fleshed out (literally and figuratively) by the end of the play, but who still comes off as a caricature of a young, ditzy millennial with no interests or knowledge beyond her immediate life.
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A Brilliant show. Donald Margulies is a genius. I can't say enough how I appreciate the intimacy of this piece. The way it's heart beats and grows and breaks and heals.

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.

Human.
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I was looking for a play to use with community theatre for upcoming seasons. I like Margulies' work and I also liked this play.
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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Time Stands Still is timely, witty and deeply serious, moving, and challenging. With a background of a Mid-East war hovering over this Brooklyn loft, the play asks us to examine our own moral centers, both on the world stage and in our most intimate relationships: our responsibilities, our choices. Will we merely observe or will we act? This is the question faced by the central characters, one a photo-journalist, the other a war-zone writer. Will we look at what is painful - in the world and in our lives - or will we just change the channel, turn our heads? Perhaps Donald Margulies's finest play to date, Time Stands Still makes demands of us as and delivers, in return, a rich experience.
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By Claire on December 22, 2012
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This is a nice, quick read. Not going to go too into the review, but I after reading this play I did not feel too much about it. It was nice, but I had the "okkaaay..." feel afterward. Sort of a Much Ado About Nothing feel--not that this play has any parallel to Much Ado, just that it was not fulfilling. However, a lot of my friends really enjoy this play, so it could be just me.
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Although I have not had the pleasure of seeing this play in performance, it comes alive even on the page, mostly thanks to dialogue that is not too overworked and verbose. The characters seem true to life, and the story itself is poignant and sad, but not so melodramatic as to read false. If you are looking for a good read, a good monologue, or a good play to produce, I would highly recommend it.
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