Not Enough Air - Central Square Theater
Have you ever been so involved with your work or your art that it makes you, well, a little crazy?
That’s pretty much what we have here, in the Nora Theatre Company’s production of Not Enough Air.
The trial of Ruth Snyder was immensely popular in its day. If you don’t know, in 1925, Ruth Snyder conspired with her lover to kill her husband, was convicted, and was the first woman to be put to death by the state of New York in the 20th century. Sophie Treadwell, a journalist-turned-playwright was fascinated by the story, and stories like it, of women who were, in a sense, trapped in their own lives. When Sophie got kicked off the story from a journalist’s perspective, she decided to write her own version, which ended up being the catalyst for her play, Machinal.
Not Enough Air tells us the story of Sophie getting caught up in the maelstrom of telling the stories of women like Ruth Snyder. There’s is so much going on in this play - a bit of feminism, a bit of play-within-a-play, darkness, death, humor - it’s got it all. It’s fascinating, and wonderfully done. The script is amazing, the actors are fantastic. Anne Gottleib plays a brillant Sophie, and an intense and kind of creepy (to be honest) Marianna Bassham (wearing grey above) plays the role of “Young Woman” - who reminds us all of Ruth, and all the women like her who have been trapped in their own lives.
As per usual, I’ve got a discount code: AIR10 will get you $10 tickets to any show. And I highly recommend it.