“TIME STANDS STILL” IN THIS INTENSE PERSONAL DRAMA

Bonnie Goldberg

Soldiers put their lives at risk to defend our freedoms in hot spots like Afghanistan and Iraq on a day-to-day basis. How much less in danger are the reporters and photo journalists who travel to record the action and provide a picture and commentary. Come meet James and Sarah who have been on the front lines in harm's way for years.

In New Haven playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ intense drama “Time Stands Still,“ we become intimately involved in the pressing issues that currently plague the two. Until Saturday, March 15, Square One Theatre Company of Stratford will engage the audience with a quartet of fine actors at one momentous moment in time.

Sarah (Janet Rathert) has just been severely injured by an exploding bomb in Iraq, one that killed her interpreter and dear friend Terek. When James, who has been back in the United States recovering from a nervous breakdown, hears of her trauma, he rushes overseas to bring her safely home.

Sarah is suffering mentally and physically, trying bravely to put herself back together again, like Humpty Dumpty who had a great fall. James (David Victor) sees the incident as a sign from the gods that their time defying the odds in a war zone is at an end. He wants home and hearth, to get married to Sarah and start a family.

James looks with envy at their good friend, Richard (Pat Leo,) their editor, who has changed his life dramatically since he met the young and eager event planner Mandy (Alisson Wood). Richard and Mandy, despite the differences in their ages, are in the bloom of love and expecting a child.

The outspoken Mandy questions what Sarah and James are doing overseas, risking their safety, causing the couple to reevaluate their personal and professional relationships. Richard just wants them to be as happy as he is and will support whatever decisions they make. Their apartment in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, fairly bristles with tension under the powerful direction of Tom Holehan.

For tickets ($20, students and seniors $19), call the Square One Theatre Company, 2422 Main Street, Stratford at 203-375-8778 or online at www.squareonetheatre.com. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., with a special twilight matinee Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m.

Can Sarah abandon the lens of her camera for safer stories in the United States? Can James change the focus of his words, or are the two addicted to action, and unable to change the direction of their lives?

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