Ophelia’s Jump’s “Time Stands Still” Review

06.26.13

 

Hi Friends & Neighbors –

IEShineOn.com is a big supporter of the growth of Arts and Culture in the Inland Empire.  So when Ophelia’s Jump reached out to us to about checking out their inaugural season we were very excited.  They also generously provided IEShineOn.com with tickets to check out their current production “Time Stands Still.”  Remember to enter our Groundbreaking Theater Giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Time Stands Still this weekend!

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a theater production so I was really excited about finally catching a show and more importantly catching it in the Inland Empire.  What I love about small productions is that it is true theater stripped down to its core.  There aren’t a lot of whizz-bang musical numbers and extravagant costumes to distract you from the actors and their words.

I’ve seen some great productions in small theaters in Pasadena, in their theater district.  This experience at Time Stands Still reminded me of that.  Small theaters, small audiences, focused actors and thought provoking material.  “Time Stands Still” was originally written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies about the changing relationship between a photographer and writer after coming home from a war zone.  You can imagine the social topics that are touched upon in this play.

I’m not a theater critic or have ever been involved in theater except for the spectating end, so I’m not going to write about their performances other than that I was not disappointed.  Don’t let a small theater production fool you.  There are talented and experienced actors, actresses, directors, set designers, lighting professionals, etc.  There is that perception that because this production isn’t on some grand stage in LA that it’s something less.  This would be a misconception.  And I think the Inland Empire, especially the west end of the I.E. (i.e. Claremont, La Verne, Pomona) is lucky to have this theater company bringing socially relevant, thought provoking material to their stages.

This play are for those that appreciate good theater and not just something to entertain the baser senses.  Those that appreciate movies like Syria (i.e. George Clooney) versus the latest blockbuster.  These stories that put you right in the middle of a socially relevant and controversial topic not only open your eyes to what’s going on around you but also make you question your own humanity, and possibly change the lens with which you view the world around you.  Something that stuck with me from this one, “Feel the joy, because what’s the point…”

I highly recommend, for those that are looking for something different or getting into great theater, to check out Ophelia’s Jump Theatre’s production of Time Stands Still.  Tickets are really affordable ($22/$25) and the production is being performed in the Dailey Theater on the University of La Verne campus – good size, plenty of seats, well kept and modern.

 

 

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