I saw the re-mounting of Donald Margulies’ Times Stands Still this past Wednesdaythanks to my friend Patrick.  I was quite nervous because it’s been a while since I’ve watched a show that takes more than an hour and a half and one act, and after a long day at work, I wasn’t sure I could handle two acts.  Did I mention that the original production that, produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, that I saw in March wasn’t exactly my favorite?  I really wanted to see Christina Ricci onstage though and I crossed my fingers that some overhauling had been done on the script.

Time Stands Still tells the story of a couple, a war photographer (Laura Linney) and a war reporter (Brian Darcy James), who arrive home after the photographer had been badly injured.  They struggle between wanting to be in the middle of the action and wanting a safer and more conventional life.  Eric Bogosian plays Linney’s editor, with Christina Ricci as his newer (and much younger) girlfriend.  

James, Bogosian, and Linney are all terrific actors and once again did not disappoint.  It took me the entirety of the first act to warm up to Ricci but once the second act rolled around, her character had matured a bit, and she definitely had the affection of the audience who laughed at every joke she delivered.  

The first act flew by and had definitely been tightened up, unfortunately though the second act still needs tweaking.  It slowed during the middle of the first scene and failed to pick up speed again during the second scene.  

Overall I definitely enjoyed it more than the first time.  If you saw it at MTC and you’re skeptical of this new production, you needn’t worry because this may be a show that requires more than one viewing.  

Let’s go downtown…

I realized recently that I rarely ever go downtown anymore.  Sadly, unless I have solid plans to do something downtown, I usually stay above 42nd Street.  It’s so weird considering I used to spend most of my time below 14th Street.  But this weekend I am changing that!  Now that I am caught up, for the most part, with my Broadway shows, it’s high-time I catch up on the off-Broadway spread.  

I’m seeing Next Fall on Saturday night, but besides that I’m going to [try to] see The Metal Children (@ The Vineyard Theatre), The Common Air (@ the Bleecker Street Theatre), Zero Hour (@ the DR2 Theatre), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (@ The Public Theatre), which was just extended for the third time.  I’m not sure which to try to see first!  The Metal Children and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson are definitely topping the list though.

I also want to take a stroll through The Strand.  I was hoping to pick up a copy of Emily Giffin’s new book, Heart of the Matter, but I just called and they’re out of it.  Sigh.  

And if you didn’t hear, it’s finally been announced that Christina Ricci is taking over Alicia Silverstone’s role in the transfer of Time Stands Still.  I’m pretty excited for that.