I saw the re-mounting of Donald Margulies’ Times Stands Still this past Wednesday, thanks 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.