EMAV Review: 'Time Stands Still' reveals the harm of war

Updated: Mar 18, 2019

By Galina Vasileva


★★★☆☆ - Satisfying

“Time Stands Still” by Donald Margulies explores the life of a couple (Sarah and James), who are journalists, working in the world's hot spots, documenting the horrors of the war. The story begins when James brings Sarah home after she is physically and emotionally harmed in Iraq.

A New York Classic Rock radio station invites the audience to sit back and enjoy the performance as it announces “Time Stands Still” in its bulletin. It is difficult to witness the struggle of the characters' transformations, more specifically James, that is fully manifested in the last scene.

Geo Nikols (James) is the strength in this production as he gives himself completely to the challenges that his character faces. He really struggles help Sarah's healing, to make her happy, and to save her from another wreck. It is his devotion that makes the story moving bringing realism and depth to this production.

Alison Scott (Sarah) presents her character in very distant, unfriendly and cold emotional state, which is strongly justified by the crutches, the medical patches on her face and most of all - the circumstances. The script allows for this tone of a cool and indifferent attitude, along with turning points that are meant to reveal the soft and sensitive side. I missed experiencing Sarah's authentic softer side and wish there was more variety in her mood than the angry and blue choices that dominated the delivery.

The costumes feel a bit less expensive than the economic class of the characters demanded by the plot, and unfortunately there are a few other problems with Jacob Moore's direction. Part of the movement is directed in a way to blo