Time Stands Still | Raven Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Time Stands Still The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 11 2017

It seems downright bonkers that a play written only seven years ago could aptly be described as a period piece, but so goes the last roller-coaster decade in journalism and foreign affairs reporting. Donald Margulies's 2010 drama provides a snapshot of a time before camera-phone images of atrocities abroad were seared into the public consciousness in an endless feed, when magazine editors' biggest gripes included fighting for four pages of conflict coverage. In recovery from an IED attack, Sarah, a photojournalist, struggles to regain a sense of normalcy with her longtime creative and romantic partner, James. Georgette Verdin's modestly designed AstonRep production strips some of the affluence that informs Margulies's elite characters, and much of the act-one comedy feels underattended. At the play's emotional heights, though, leads Sara Pavlak McGuire and Robert Tobin generate undeniable tension. —Dan Jakes

Price: $20

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