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Looking Through the Lens of War: A Review of Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still

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By Donald Margulies
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Runs at the Steppenwolf Theatre from January 19 to May 13, 2012

The images and stories of war carry the weight of its horror, pain and aggression. We catch a glimpse of it and look away.  We read about it and have the luxury of turning the page. But for those who witness it through their lenses and document it with their pens, the tales of war are long, harrowing and come at a cost that runs deep.

Steppenwolf Theatre‘s production of Donald MarguliesTime Stands Still is a poignant examination of photojournalist Sarah Goodwin’s reintegration into society after covering the war in the Middle East. The broken right leg and scars on her face seem a minute detail compared to the gravity of the emotional turmoil sustained by being a witness to war. The relationship with her partner, freelance journalist James Dodd, is clearly strained and often falls into a comfortable routine. One can sense that they want and need different things in their lives: James’ call for family life and Sarah’s need to bear witness and show the atrocities of war. The revelation of Sarah’s intimate relationship with her fixer Tariq further complicates matters.

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