By Kenneth Jones
13 Sep 2007
|Photo by Henry Leutwyler|
Postage stamp collecting prompts the central conflict of what's billed as a "sinister comedy": Tony Award nominee Alison Pill and Tony winner Katie Finneran play Jackie and Mary, half-sisters whose mother's death leaves them in possession of a rare stamp collection. Gems from the collection come from the island country of Mauritius. But which sister actually owns the stamps?
This marks the Broadway debut of Rebeck, whose Bad Dates is a regional theatre sensation, and whose Omnium Gatherum, The Scene and The Water's Edge have been seen Off-Broadway. Omnium was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt) directs Rebeck's play. Opening is Oct. 4. Tickets are on sale through Nov. 25.
Mauritius is a co-production with the Huntington Theatre Company, which recently received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production for the world-premiere production of the play. The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust supports new American plays at Manhattan Theatre Club.
Director Hughes was recently represented on Broadway with the Tony-nominated revival of Inherit The Wind starring Brian Dennehy and Christopher Plummer.
The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Paul Gallo (lighting design)and David Van Tieghem (original music and sound design).
Tickets to Mauritius are available by calling Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the New York metro area, online at Telecharge.com, and at the Biltmore Theatre box office, 261 W. 47th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Tickets range in price from $46.50-91.50. Student ticketing is available. For information visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.