Time Stands Still | Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Upstairs Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 13 2012

Dinner With Friends author Donald Margulies moves on to dinner with wounded friends in this 2010 play. Sarah is a badly injured war photographer reentering life in Brooklyn; James is her war correspondent boyfriend, barely past his own mental breakdown over the horrors they both saw. As the dutifully schematic story unfolds, though, it's clear that Margulies's real topic isn't the moral conundrums of frontline reporters. As always, he's mainly interested in anatomizing the domestic angst of the privileged class. Sally Murphy never develops much of an emotional arc for Sarah in her push-pull relationship with Randall Newsome's warm and vulnerable James. But as a middle-aged friend and his much younger paramour, Francis Guinan and Kristina Valada-Viars transcend the smug contrivances embedded in Margulies's writing. —Kerry Reid

Price: $20-$78


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