BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
Last January on Manhattan Theatre Club's main stage, Laura Linney offered a soulful portrait of a driven photojournalist in "Time Stands Still," a new play by David Margulies, Pulitzer-winning author of "Dinner With Friends" and "Collected Stories."
Following a six-month hiatus, the handsome production directed by Daniel Sullivan reopened Thursday at the Cort Theatre. Christina Ricci makes an admirable Broadway debut as the perky character originated by Alicia Silverstone but otherwise the show has changed little in the process.
Accordingly, rather than rewrite my brilliant material, readers can find the original review HERE. To this evaluation, let's add some fresh observations.
The play remains a well-written drama about an obsessed artist and a slowly imploding relationship, but it also remains a character study of relatively intimate scope.
That's fine; but the play initially promises to be something larger in theme, given that the photographer and her journalist mate have been damaged in different ways by covering recent Middle East atrocities. Margulies is not exactly pulling a bait-and-switch with his story, but when the show is over you may feel as if something were missing, which perhaps is the greater picture behind this personal drama.
Once more directed with low-keyed precision by Sullivan, the production looks fine. Designer John Lee Beatty has subtly expanded his Williamsburg loft setting at the sides to fit the Cort's wider proscenium.
The excellent performances by Linney and Brian d'Arcy James as the troubled couple seem more urgent than previously. Eric Bogosian has grown funnier in his character's mixed pride and embarrassment over his significantly younger bride-to-be, depicted with assurance and warmth by wide-eyed Ricci.
"Time Stands Still" continues for an open-ended run at the Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., New York. Call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.