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The Couple at the Center of Time Stands Still at Main Street Theater Explores War and Peace

A photojournalist (Sarah Gaston) and a journalist (Sean Patrick Judge) who have worked together for several years covering the news - most of that in war zones - have returned home from their latest assignment.

"She's coming back from being nearly killed in a roadside bomb explosion that killed the person sitting next to her," says Steve Garfinkel who is directing Time Stands Still by Pulitzer Prize-winning (for Dinner With Friends) playwright Donald Margulies at Main Street Theater.

Her companion, the reporter and writer has had a breakdown of sorts overseas and had returned from Iraq before her. Now they have to sort out not only their ongoing relationship but where their careers have taken them, Garfinkel says.

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The couple begins questioning their work, Garfinkel says. "Where are the moral boundaries between what's right and wrong of photographing people as they're digging their own dead children out of rubble?" One argument is that if they're not there to cover it, how would the world know? The other: Does it make any difference?

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There are four characters in the two-act play - a photo editor and former mentor to the photographer (Jack Young) and his much younger girlfriend (Lisa Villegas) round things out - but the main focus is on the female photographer as she decides whether to settle down and raise a family or return to the war theater, Garfinkel says.

Nominated for two Tony awards, Time Stands Still clocks in at under two hours including intermission. March 27 through April 19. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Boulevard. For information call 713-524-6706 or visit mainstreettheater.com. $20-$36.

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