Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies gives the trauma of battle, and the sting of accountability, a voice in Sarah Goodwin, the protagonist of Time Stands Still. An Iraq War photojournalist recovering in America from severe injuries suffered in a roadside bomb blast, Goodwin must decide whether or not to go back to the life she loves in Iraq — a world filled with danger, misery and moral compromise — while those around her continue to live in the safety of a world without war. The drama, which debuted in 2009, “crackles with bright wit and intelligence,” according to The New York Times, and “the range of feeling it explores is wide and deep.” Directed by Nicole Ricciardi; featuring Nathan Kaufman, Sam Rush, Kim Stauffer, and Alana Young.
Time Stands Still: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. $10-$32. Through July 23. Mendenhall Center for Performing Arts, Smith College, 122 Green St., Northampton. (413) 585-3220, newcenturytheatre.org.
— Hunter Styles