Janet Rathert, of New Canaan, is among the lead performers in "Time Stands Still," by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, at Square One Theatre in Stratford.

"Time Stands Still," directed by Tom Holehan, opens Friday, Feb. 28, and continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday through March 15.

"Time Stands Still" tells the story of Sarah, a photographer, and James, a journalist, who have been together for nine years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. But when injuries force them to return home to New York and their circle of friends, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.

The challenges facing Sarah, played by Rathert, and James, played by David Victor, seem clear enough.

But a visit from their good friend and his new, much younger girlfriend telegraphs just how markedly Sarah's sensibility differs from theirs.

The play explores the relationships between two different couples at a crucial juncture in each of their lives, when the desire to move forward clashes with the instinct to stay comfortably -- or even uncomfortably -- in place.

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Rathert's Square One credits include "Black Tie," "Ancestral Voices," "The Mousetrap" and "The Right Kind of People." She also has appeared in "Mixed Couples" at the Westport Community Theatre and "Dancing at Lughnasa" at the Eastbound Theatre.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $19 for senior citizens and students. For tickets or show times, call 203-375-8778 or visit squareonetheatre.com.