“Time Stands Still,” a new two-act play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies, opened January 28 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York, NY. The Broadway production is directed by Tony Award-winner Daniel Sullivan in his fourth collaboration with Margulies and is a Manhattan Theater Club presentation.
Laura Linney portrays photojournalist Sarah Goodwin opposite Brian d’Arcy James, who plays her adoring boyfriend James Dodd, a writer. They practice their craft in the war zones of the world, but when each becomes a casualty of war — James through an emotional trauma, and Sarah through a roadside bomb — they return home to New York City where they must confront, conclude, or commit either to their careers or to family responsibilities and community. Eric Bogosian and Alicia Silverstone round out the cast, and with their addition, the play is alternately funny and fuming.
Previews for “Time” began January 5. The average paid admission over the course of previews was $46.45, according to numbers from the Broadway League. Regular ticket prices range from $57 to $97. With audiences at the 650-seat theater at approximately 90 percent, the same estimates marked overall ticket sales at $220,877 during the week ending January 24.
Evening performances are scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Weekly matinees run Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. The only deviation from this schedule is a time change for Wednesday, March 3, when the matinee will begin at 1 p.m.
“Time Stands Still” runs approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes, and the production closes March 21.
The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is located at 261 West 47th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Further scheduling and ticketing details are available on the production’s official Web site.
Opening Night: ‘Time Stands Still’
|Variety||David Rooney||“…there’s a ring of truth to the emotional experience being thrashed out onstage that keeps it compelling.”|
|New York Times||Charles Isherwood||” Although “Time Stands Still” is deceptively modest…the range of feeling it explores is wide and deep.”|
|USA Today||Elysa Gardner||“Donald Margulies tends to write smartly crafted, accessible plays that tell us nothing we don’t already know. Luckily, these works attract actors who can transcend their clichés and mine their intelligence and good-natured humor.”|
|The Wall Street Journal||Terry Teachout||“…a predictable piece of middle-of-the-road Pulitzer bait that has nothing to recommend it beyond the cast, Daniel Sullivan’s staging and Mr. Beatty’s set, all of which are exemplary.”|
|TheaterMania||Dan Bacalzo||“…Margulies wisely avoids making his work solely about issues. Instead, he gives us a very human story about love and war…”|
|The Hollywood Reporter||Frank Scheck||“…though this latest work occasionally suffers from a surfeit of themes and a lack of focus, it’s a nonetheless absorbing, ultimately very moving piece that is receiving a beautifully acted Broadway production.”|