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.