Tony Award nominated Time Stands Still returns to the Theatre Passe Muraille stage after its Canadian debut at the Toronto Fringe Festival last summer.
After a brush with death during the Iraq war, photojournalist Sarah Goodwin (Kirstin Rae Hinton) has returned home to Brooklyn with her boyfriend, James Dodd (Jason Jazrawy), a freelance reporter and writer. Their close friend Richard Ehrlich (Sam Rosenthal), a magazine photo editor, visits not long after they arrive, thrilled to see Sarah alive. Richard introduces them to his much younger girlfriend, event planner Mandy Bloom (Carleigh Beverly).
The play revolves around the lives of these two couples in the wake of Sarah’s near tragedy. Emotions run high for all four characters. Sarah, hobbled by her injuries, is determined to make a full recovery and return to the field in short order, while James and Richard are not only less convinced, they believe that going back out to cover the atrocities of war, something Sarah has done most of her life, is not worth doing if it could mean losing your life.
A great cast, combined with great writing, makes for a gripping and intense experience. Throughout most of Time Stands Still, the four characters do little more than sit, stand, and talk, but Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies has crafted dialogue that makes these ordinary scenes extraordinary. All four cast members excel in their roles. Hinton and Jazrawy in particular connect with excellent chemistry, putting the audience embarrassingly front and centre in the darkest, deepest moments of their relationship.
A simple yet detailed set (designed by David Wootton) creates the appearance of an apartment that is rarely lived in, yet filled with treasures and trinkets from the couple’s countless hazardous adventures. It brings to life and highlights the experiences of Sarah and James throughout the course of the play.
There is much to enjoy about Time Stands Still. It is simple in design but explores very complex dilemmas. It grapples with modern topics as broad as war and as specific as a photojournalist’s moral code in war torn countries. It touches on these topics through the intricate lives of four completely intriguing and original characters. It is certainly not one to miss.
Time Stands Still is presented by The TSS Collective and runs until March 29. Visit www.tsscollective.com for more details.