Biography


Mare Nostrum Elements & Theater 808’s tasteful production of S. N. Behrman’s unjustly neglected 1932 Biography, has replicated the talent for unearthing forgotten treasures and giving them meticulous staging.-


Mare Nostrum Elements in conjunction with Theater 808 and The Schoolhouse Theater produced the Off-Broadway run of S.N. Behrman’s Biography. A sophisticated comedy, the play, much celebrate in its time, centers around the heroine and feminist prototype Marian Froude, a gorgeous and promiscuous painter whose subjects include the powerbrokers of the time. She has had many lovers all round theworld but not one husband. When she is approached to write her biography, her subjects come running and the comedy explodes into a maddening clash of ethics and ideas.
Theater 3 @ The Mint, Fall 2009

Written by S. N. Behrman
Directed by Pamela Moller Kareman

Photos by Ron Marotta

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Meticulously Staged.- The Village Voice




Arresting…(Tracy Shayne) is absolutely astonishing. I applaud the three producers – Mare Nostrum Elements, Theatre 808, and The Schoolhouse Theater – as well director Pamela Moller Kareman for going the extra mile.-Peter Filichia’s Diary




There are many pleasures in the cheeky production…it’s a clever tale, well played, Cowardesque but sincere.The NY Times




A polished, pungent and superbly acted production.-Theatermania




“Tracy Shayne shines.”
“Astute direction.”
“The company delivers…with panache…but what really stands front and center is Behrman’s play. Called “adult,” “mature,” “provocative,” “intelligent,” and “sinewy” by the New York critics at its premiere, it’s still all of that more than 75 years later.”
-Backstage




A welcome revival…well acted…an entertaining and nostalgic experience.-Wolf Entertainment Guide




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