Run for it: Extensions for Time Stands Still and Angels in America
Wed Dec 1 2010
After the recent spate of untimely closing notices—Devil Boys from Beyond, Through the Night, The Scottsboro Boys and now Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson—serious New York theatergoers can take solace in today's announcements that two of the city's worthiest dramatic offerings have been given longer leases on life. Time Stands Still, which we reviewed last season in its initial run at the MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and revisited in October when it reopened at at the Cort. Both times, we were impressed with the perceptiveness and craftsmanship of Donald Margulies's play, which examines themes of violence, spectatorship and intimacy through the lens of a tough-minded war photographer, played with admirable mettle by Laura Linney. Tickets for the production had been on sale through January 2 and through January 23; today, the show announced that Linney and the rest of Daniel Sullivan's fine cast—Brian d'Arcy James, Eric Bogosian and Christina Ricci—will stay on through January 30. (No word yet on whether the production will continue with different actors after that.) Off Broadway, Signature Theatre Company's acclaimed and sold-out revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America—having already extended its run twice—has added five more weeks to its run, and will now play through March 27. Note that five of the show's current cast members—all but Frank Wood, Bill Heck and Billy Porter—will depart at the end of January, their replacements will include three actors who sound like excellent choices: Michael Urie as Prior, Adam Driver as Louis and Lynne McCollough as Hannah. A new block of Angels tickets is on sale here; get them before they fly away.