Tag Archives: Princeton Summer Theater

A story of a father’s hidden past

By Abby Dotterer
Casper, WY

Parents are usually perceived as loving, caring people who can do no wrong — at least to their children. But what happens when you learn your father, the one who changed your diapers and went to each of your football games, wasn’t who you thought he was?

“Appropriate,” written by Princeton University alumnus Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, is a play that follows an Arkansas family who gathers to divvy up their recently deceased father’s estate. The line delivery sometimes felt cheesy and over-performed, and the storyline is as unresolved as the issues it represents.

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Princeton Summer Theatre presents ‘Time Stands Still’

By Kathy Kang
Camarillo, Calif.

People want to do their best in the world and struggle to do so, which is heartbreaking,” said Emma Watt ’13, when discussing the Princeton Summer Theatre’s production of “Time Stands Still.”

The play, written by Donald Margulies, is the fourth and final show of the summer seasons, said Watt, who is the theater’s artistic director. Continue reading

In ‘Time Stands Still,’ drama, suspense and a twisted ending

By Jhazalyn Prince
Brooklyn, N.Y.

The theatre was comfortably small. Specks of dust wafted through the still air as the lights above dimmed completely, leaving the audience in darkness and suspense. Immediately we were introduced to the two main characters: a spunky, independent photographer named Sarah and her eager-to-please journalist boyfriend, James.

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Play tackles nature of journalism

By Jeanne Li
New York, N.Y.

“There is so much beauty in the world, but you just see misery. Both of you!” – Mandy
“People need to know. Hundreds and thousands of lives are at stake!” – James

This tension over journalistic purpose was at the center of the Princeton Summer Theater’s fourth and final play of its 45th season, “Time Stands Still,” which played from Aug. 1-4, and Aug. 8-11.  Continue reading

‘Time’ delves into notions of happiness

By Xavier Husser
New York, N.Y.

On Thursday, the Princeton Summer Theater presented a production of “Time Stands Still,” originally written by Donald Margulies and directed by Emma Watt, a recent Princeton graduate.

The plot of the play centers on the struggling relationship between Sarah Goodwin, a photographer, and James Dodd, a journalist who is dedicated to making their tumultuous relationship work. Secrets, affairs and lies had already disrupted the emotions and lives of the faulty middle-aged couple. Continue reading