One year ago, TimeLine was presenting the world premiere of Masha Obolenky’s Not Enough Air, about playwright Sophie Treadwell and her journey to write the landmark expressionist play Machinal. The process of presenting a brand-new play is always exhilarating, and Not Enough Air was no exception. All of us at TimeLine were thrilled with our experience with Masha, an extraordinary ensemble cast led by Company Member Janet Ulrich Brooks as Sophie Treadwell, and a dynamic, expressionistic production directed by Company Member Nick Bowling. The play was nominated for 5 Equity Jeff Awards (tying with The History Boys for number of nominations), including Outstanding Production (Midsize Theater) and New Work (Play).

From left: Craig Mathers, Anne Gottlieb, and Marianna Bassham in “Not Enough Air’’ at Central Square Theater. (Photo by Elizabeth Stewart)

While a first production is a huge hurdle for any new script, it is often said that a second production is an even bigger jump. So we are excited to let everyone know that Not Enough Air is currently receiving its second major production by the Nora Theatre Company at Central Square Theater in Boston! The show opened last weekend, and so far is receiving rave reviews. Here’s a sample of what the East Coast critics are saying (you can read the full reviews by clicking on the publication’s title):

“First produced last year in Chicago, Not Enough Air is making its New England debut in a mesmerizing production by the Nora Theatre Company … Melia Bensussen directs Obolensky’s layered, acute study of women’s lives and the creative process with sensitivity and style. For audiences new to Machinal, it’s a fascinating introduction; for those already in the know, it’s an essential addition to the conversation about this truly classic work.” — Boston Globe

The Nora Theatre’s production … is a wonder to behold. The design is gorgeous, the staging immaculate, and the actors are at the top of their game.” — Boston Herald

“The meta-theatrical Not Enough Air is as much about the consuming, oft-debilitating artistic process as it is about media sensationalism and patriarchal constriction.” — Boston Phoenix

Anne Gottlieb, left, and Craig Mathers perform in The Nora Theatre Company’s production of “Not Enough Air”.

“Local playwright Masha Obolensky tackles a large and complicated subject with confidence, twining the play’s meanings and affects together into complex layers. The result is chilling, perplexing, and provocative … The play’s East Coast premiere is poised to match the success of its Chicago run last year: it the kind of play that asks tough questions, and gets people talking — and thinking.” — EDGE Boston

“In this play about making a play, The Nora Theatre Company has a must-see hit on its hands.” — Theater Mirror

So if you have family or friends in Boston, or if you will be visiting the area over the next few weeks, help us advance the cause of creating new plays for the American theatre and take a trip to Second Square Theater to see Not Enough Air! Tickets are only $10 when you use the discount code AIR10 either online or by calling 866.811.4111. The production is scheduled to close on March 14.

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