Elizabeth Salaam 12:50 p.m., June 18
Time Stands Still
Compared to his other works, like Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner with Friends, Donald Margulies' four-hander feels dated and formulaic. He says he wrote it "to capture a sense of the way we live now," but it's mostly about issues that were hot back in the 1980s. The North Coast Rep gives the play a solid production, from Marty Burnett's whitewashed brick loft, to Peter Herman's make up (realistic scars slowly heal), to capable performances by Francis Gercke, Mhari Sandoval, John Nutten, and especially Stacey Hardke (who blooms from a ditz to a grounded adult). The story's about a truce in the lives of war correspondents. The time-out prompts Sarah and James to reassess choices and roads not taken.
Worth a try.
- "Time Stands Still at North Coast Rep" (March 1, 2013)