|My view of the set|
|General Nguyen Ngoc Loan |
Executing a Viet Cong Prisoner
in Saigon by Eddie Adams
Time Stands Still is a complex and layered story played out by four characters: Sarah, Mandy, James and Richard. Sarah, as noted above, is a photojournalist who sees life through the lens of her camera. (The play gets its title from her statement that, "When I look through the viewfinder, time stops.") Mandy is a fresh-faced event planner whom Richard has fallen in love with while Sarah and James were off covering the war. The contrast between the two women could not be more stark. Sarah caustically notes that she "does" events as well, except that hers are famine and war and genocide. Mandy initially comes off as a ditzy blond, but as the story develops, you realize that she is a woman of substance who is making a choice to see the joy in life.
James is a reporter who had a breakdown in Iraq after seeing some wartime atrocity that put him over the edge. James and Sarah have been together for eight years, and their life has been built on adrenalin. When their existence is suddenly limited to the walls of their loft, they are forced to face questions of what they want out of their lives and their relationship.
Richard is Sarah and James' editor at a magazine that bears some resemblance to Time. He fights each month for a few pages of coverage for the war in Iraq or the global conflict du jour. He is unapologetic about his relationship with the young Mandy, who provides a counterbalance to the intensity of his work. In fact, he is content.
Time Stands Still raises many thought provoking issues that range from the ethics of photojournalism to how relationships stand the test of time and change. The play would be terrific in any venue (and I'm certainly sorry that I missed it on Broadway with Laura Linney in the role of Sarah.) Seeing this play in such an intimate space, however, elevated it to a whole different level of production.
|Greg Longenhagen and Tyler Layton|
(still wearing her scars from the war)
|Mandy Guy, Robert Cacioppo, and|
Time Stand Still is running at Florida Repertory Theater through February 15th. If you are anywhere near Fort Myers and love the theater, this is a must-see production. It is truly a stunning performance and a theater experience that you will remember for years to come.