Laura Linney's Back On Broadway

Laura Linney and Alicia Silverstone. Photo by Joan Marcus
Laura Linney and Alicia Silverstone. Photo by Joan Marcus

Donald Margulies's Time Stands Still is a new play that opened last night on Broadway--and new plays must be celebrated!

So I went to the after-party at Planet Hollywood and engorged myself with sliders!

And the play?

Well, it suffers from occasional clunky exposition and a slightly dated sense of the importance of magazine photojournalism.

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And Act One is stronger than Act Two.

But it's still a stimulating look at two wildly differing couples--one that documents misery for a living while the other opts for sunniness, babies, and balloons--and how various conflicts are played out on their romantic battlegrounds.

Laura Linney is terrific, full of bristling anger and withering sarcasm as a woman burned in love and war. So are the other three stars, including Alicia Silverstone, who makes her potentially cliched naif character more rounded and sympathetic than a lot of lesser actresses would have.

So go see Time Stands Still. It's not Mamma Mia!


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