Is there a serious theatre lover who doesn’t love the work of Donald Margulies? I doubt it. Whether you’re a fan or not, I’d advise you to put The Chance Theatre revival of his Tony Award-nominated play, “Time Stands Still” (now playing in its OC premiere through October 27) on your must-see list. You’re going to miss one of the better shows of the year if you don’t.
The premise of this seriocomic drama is deceptively simple: Sarah and Jamie, a longtime couple, are a pair of journalists (she’s a photographer, he’s a writer) “too busy saving the world” to get married. At least until her editor, Richard, and his new girlfriend, Mandy, cause them to re-examine their relationship. Things are far more complex than they initially seem in this emotionally honest play whose characters are so true-to-life you can touch them; the delicate balance in the writing is echoed in the gifted direction of Marya Mazor.
Margulies and Mazor are matched by Jennifer Ruckman, who is nothing less than stunning in her multi-layered portrayal of Sarah. Brandon Sean Pearson (Jamie), Mike Martin (Richard) and Elena Murray (Mandy) flesh out the play with first-rate performances. Bradley Kaye’s scenic design is an appropriately realistic Williamsburg loft. Call 714-777-3033.
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The story of the American theatre movement is vividly told by the visionaries who made it a reality in “An Ideal Theater,” a new anthology edited by Todd London (available in paperback from www.tcg.org). Among those included are Hallie Flanagan on the WPA’s Federal Theatre project, political activist W.E.B. DuBois and John Houseman on theatre for the black community, Maurice Schwartz on The Yiddish Art Theatre, Lee Strasberg on The Actor’s Studio, Luis Valdez on El Teatro Campesino, Gary Sinise on Steppenwolf and much more.
Hot tips: Backhausdance reprises its latest work, “The Elasticity of the Almost,” in Santa Ana October 11-12. For info: www.backhausdance.org… Rev. Ed Bacon of Pasadena’s All Saints Church will host an audience talk-back following the performance of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart on October 11 at the Fountain Theatre in East Hollywood. For info: www.FountainTheatre.com… OC’s gay and lesbian theatre company, Theatre Out, returns October 18-19 with “Curtain Up!” Per their website: “Come celebrate our grand re-opening at our new theatre (402 W. 4th St., Santa Ana) with this fun evening that will preview our 2014 season in a cabaret setting!” Call 714-220-7069; visit http://theatreout.com.
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