Volume 3, Number 41
"There's a Jewish story everywhere"
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE
New Addition to the Pre School 2’s Class at Soille Hebrew Day
SAN DIEGO (Press Release) — Their names are Mac and Cheese and they are the newest addition to Hebrew Day’s two year old class with Morah Maggie, Morah Ilana and Morah Jen. The children were so excited to meet the new turtles that are now living in their classroom. They are learning to handle pets and will help take care of these two turtles!
Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School serves children from infants through eighth grade and offers generous financial aid grants to families to make a Jewish day school education affordable to all. For more information on the school, visit the web site at http://www.hebrewday.org/ or contact Audrey Jacobs, Director of School Advancement at 858-279-3300 ext. 106 or email@example.com
As they reflect on the hopelessness and futility of their profession---they do nothing to help, they merely record---they reprise a theme that British playwright Chris Thorpe introduced a few years back in his play Safety. In that play a combat photographer, filled with despair and disquietude, ruminates on how he lost his humanity in his quest for the perfect depiction of the horrors of war.
Sarah’s quest is more of an addiction. She is revitalized by the adrenaline rush of being in the thick of things, dodging bullets and tempting death. James, however, is ready to pack it in. They have been together for eight years and he feels that it’s time to marry and settle down to what he considers a “normal” life.
Their intense, ongoing discussion is interrupted, and enlivened, by Richard (Robin Thomas), the photo editor for the magazine that Sarah works for, and his bubbleheaded new girlfriend Mandy (played deliciously by Alicia Silverstone). Mandy is very young, naïve, and intellectually innocent, much to Sarah’s annoyance. Richard, however, is obviously smitten with her, in spite of his recognition that his friends are astonished that he has chosen such a seemingly vacuous playmate.
Sarah becomes even more annoyed when Mandy questions her (Sarah’s) non-participatory role in the devastation that she records. “How can you stand there shooting pictures and not help when someone is dying right in front of you?” she asks. To which Sarah indignantly responds that it is not her job to help, but to document. She relishes the thought that she makes “time stand still” when she captures and freezes the moment.
Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, who has worked with Margulies on four productions, directs this play with a deft touch, moving it along briskly and keeping it from becoming too heavy. And, of course, Margulies’ unique perspective and wit invest the proceedings with laugh-out-loud humor. But as in his Pulitzer Prize-winning play of 2000, Dinner with Friends, Margulies opens another can of worms as the play comes to an ambiguous end. “I just ask the questions,” Margulies has said. “I don’t supply the answers.”
Time Stands Still was the recipient of a New American Play Award in 2007 from the Edgerton Foundation. As Dr. Brad Edgerton noted at that time, when the play was still a “work in progress,”: “We have great expectations that the play will be emotionally moving and teach us more about the human condition---and that is the ultimate purpose of great drama.” Happily, Donald Margulies has met those expectations.
Time Stands Still will continue at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 LeConte Avenue, in the Westwood area of Los Angeles; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30, Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 4 and 8:30, and Sundays at 2 and 7 through March 15th. Call (310) 208-5454 for tickets.
CAROL ANN GOLDSTEIN
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