136 Rivet St
New Bedford, MA 02744
by Theresa Rebeck; Directed by Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr.
Sep 6-8, 2018 and Sep 13-15, 2018 at 7:30 PM and Sep 9 and 16, 2018, 2:30 PM
Stamp collecting may be far more risky than you think. After their mother’s death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters’ world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own.
Unsurprisingly for a writer with extensive experience in TV police procedurals like “NYPD Blue” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” one of Rebeck’s strengths is her skill at stitching tension into every exchange. The characters in Mauritius pair up and face off in shifting configurations, the emotionally fraught edges of their twisty encounters made all the more intriguing by the fact that items as apparently innocuous as postage stamps fuel the friction.