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    Sly humor and suspenseful conflict

    Mauritius is a small island nation off the African coast in the India Ocean. Mauritius was a British Colony at the time of the stamps’ issue. A local watchmaker won the contract to print two stamps – the Twopence and a One Penny. His mistake was printing the words “post office” instead of “post paid” on the stamps. The mistake was discovered after 200 stamps were printed. It is believed that only 30 of these stamps still exist.

     

    Though the storyline of Mauritius may at first suggest elements of The Piano Lesson, American Buffalo or The Price, Rebeck has other ideas and sensibilities. Like the rare stamps in question from the paradise isle of Mauritius, the fascination is in gazing into what at first may seem slight, obvious and functional.

     

    As a Variety critic noted, “The passionate pastime of generations of obsessive nerds acquire new credibility in Mauritius, in which philately becomes the unlikely terrain for sly humor and suspenseful conflict. Theresa Rebeck’s capably constructed quasi-thriller is an entertaining account of two estranged sisters locking horns over their inheritance of a pair of rare stamps … the play is witty and absorbing.”

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