Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, (1/28/2010 - 3/27/2010)
Cort Theatre, (10/07/2010 - 1/30/2011)

First Preview: Jan 05, 2010
Opening Date: Jan 28, 2010
Closing Date: Jan 30, 2011
Total Previews: 44
Total Performances: 193

Category: Play, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: A loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Recently.
Comments: When this production transferred from its non-profit run to its commercial run, producers, managers, and others associated with the transfer received new production credits. These individuals are included on the replacement/transfer page.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer)

Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) and Max Cooper; Produced by special arrangement with Nelle Nugent/Wendy Federman

Originally commissioned and produced by the Geffen Playhouse (Gilbert Cates: Producing Director; Randall Arney: Artistic Director; Stephen Eich: Managing Director)

Written by Donald Margulies; Original music by Peter Golub

Directed by Daniel Sullivan; Assistant Director: Mia Rovegno

Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty; Costume Design by Rita Ryack; Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski; Sound Design by Darron L. West; Assistant Scenic Design: Kacie Hultgren; Assistant Costume Design: Richard Schurkamp; Assistant Lighting Design: Jake DeGroot; Assistant Sound Design: Charles Coes

MTC General Manager: Florie Seery; Company Manager: Seth Shepsle

Production Stage Manager: Robert Bennett; Production Manager: Kurt Gardner; Stage Manager: Shanna Spinello

Fight direction by Thomas Schall; MTC Associate Artistic Director: Mandy Greenfield; MTC Director of Artistic Development: Jerry Patch; MTC Director of Marketing: Debra Waxman-Pilla; General Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; MTC Director of Casting: Nancy Piccione; MTC Director of Development: Jill Turner Lloyd; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Eric BogosianRichard Ehrlich
Brian d'Arcy JamesJames Dodd
Laura LinneySarah Goodwin
Alicia SilverstoneMandy Bloom
(Jan 05, 2010 - Mar 27, 2010)

Understudies: Tony Carlin (James Dodd, Richard Ehrlich) and Monica McCarthy (Mandy Bloom, Sarah Goodwin)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2010 Best Play [nominee] 

Written by Donald Margulies; Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer); Produced by arrangement with Nelle Nugent/Wendy Federman

 2010 Best Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Laura Linney

Drama Desk Award

 2010 Outstanding Actress in a Play [nominee] 

Laura Linney


AP: "A photog grapples with recording the events of war"

Can you be a dispassionate, uninvolved observer of horrific events, recording them for posterity, and still keep a sense of right and wrong, not to mention your sanity?

It is one of several questions getting a workout in "Time Stands Still," Donald Margulies' thoughtful new play, which Manhattan Theatre Club opened Thursday at its Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway. The work is smart, stylish, timely and layered with an intriguing seriousness that inspires discussion after the curtain comes down — a rarity these days.

On a more personal level, Margulies, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Dinner With Friends," knows how to dissect relationships, too, and in "Time Stands Still," he primarily is dealing with Sarah, a photographer critically wounded in Iraq by a roadside bomb that killed her native driver.

Now the physically and emotionally scarred woman is back in New York to convalesce and reconnect with her live-in boyfriend, James, another globe-trotting journalist with a fondness for reporting from devastated war zones. He is consumed by guilt for having left Iraq right before Sarah was wounded.

Their troubled relationship is at the heart of "Time Stands Still," and the production, under the savvy direction of Daniel Sullivan, is fortunate to have Laura Linney and Brian d'Arcy James as the turbulent couple. Both are at the top of their game.

Linney is luminous, bringing a fierce dedication to her role, a woman consumed by her job. "When I look through that little rectangle, time stops. ... Everything cuts out. And all I see is the picture," Sarah says. That she matter-of-factly was capturing disturbing images of the carnage in Iraq adds a disquieting moral ambiguity to her work ethic.

Her partner, though, has had enough of foreign adventures and craves a return to normalcy, including getting married and perhaps starting a family. But their intimacy is threatened by revelations about Sarah and her Iraqi driver.

There are two other characters in Margulies' play: Richard, Sarah's supportive magazine photo editor, and his younger girlfriend, Mandy, an event planner who, despite her age, is much more than the play's comic relief.

On one level, Mandy has a clear-eyed view of what others think of her relationship with the older man: "Oh, she must be Richard's mid-life crisis."

And on another, Mandy challenges the journalists' relentless pursuit of tragedy, declaring, "There's so much beauty in the world. But you only see misery. Both of you. I wish you'd just let yourself feel the joy. ... Otherwise, what's the point?"

Eric Bogosian brings a genial hangdog weariness to the role of the editor, a patient man who wants the best for both of the journalists, while Alicia Silverstone is a delight as the youthful Mandy, the epitome of the power of positive thinking.

But it is Linney who galvanizes the production, expertly riding the rhythms of Margulies' insightful writing. There is an unsparing directness to her performance, not to mention a superb sense of timing, that makes this photographer one of the most compelling characters to grace a Broadway stage this season.


Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

(1/28/2010 - 3/27/2010)

Cort Theatre

(10/7/2010 - 1/30/2011)

Produced by Nelle Nugent, Bud Martin, Wendy Federman, Ted Snowdon, Susanne Adamski, Mari Nakachi; Produced in association with Jack M. Dalgleish, Joseph Sirola; Associate Producer: Kenneth Teaton, Sharon A. Carr.

Make Mindy Hall.

General Manager: Peter Bogyo.

Technical Supervisor: Larry Morley.


Eric Bogosian
Richard Ehrlich
Brian d'Arcy James
James Dodd
Laura Linney
Sarah Goodwin
Christina Ricci
Broadway debut
Mandy Bloom (Sep 23, 2010 - Jan 30, 2011)

Understudy: Heidi Armbruster (Mandy Bloom, Sarah Goodwin).

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