A Love and War Story Comes to Steppenwolf Stage


Steppenwolf continues with its series of plays that deal with the cruelties of war.  This time we stay in the modern time with Donald Marguilies ‘ Time Stands Still. Ensemble member and fellow Ohioan, Austin Pendleton, directed this love story of sorts. The other night I was treated to this roller coaster ride of human emotions.

Sarah (played brilliantly by ensemble member Sally Murphy) represents what mostly every modern woman wants. Women today want to be true to themselves.  Some women, like the other female character Mandy (Kristina Valada Viars)  find that they can only remain true to themselves as the loving wife and mother.  Sarah doesn’t want that. She is a photojournalist who specializes in capturing war torn regions and death.  She lives for the rush when she is in danger , its a turn on for her.  It is also where she met her lover of many years , Jamie. Together the two of them traveled the world and fell in love.    After a close call with death, Sarah decides that maybe she is ready to settle down.  Her and Jamie decide to get married and possibly have kids. The play focuses on their lives to gether and their friends lives as they make drastic changes. The production was well acted and special notice should be given to Randall Newsome and Murphy for the truly touching and emotion packed scenes.

Randall Newsome  plays the love of Sarah’s life, Jamie and the cast is rounded out with Steppenwolf standby , Frances Guinan as the editor and friend of the couple , Richard .   Time Stands Still will be playing in the Upstairs Theatre at Steppenwolf  until May 13.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Steppenwolf box office.

Two women ponder the roads that their lives have taken in Time Stands Still, an emotional play now at Steppenwolf. Pictured are  Sally Murphy and Steppenwolf newcomer Kritstina Valada Viars.

Love is a celebration with Murphy ,  Viars,   Francis Guinan, and Randall Newsome in Time Stands Still  directed by Ohioan Austin Pendleton and written by Donald Marguilies


About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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