‘Mauritius’ promises suspense, laughs
The Playhouse Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “Mauritius” has it all: Mystery; comedy, family drama. Oh, and stamps.
“It’s a wonderful thriller in the vein of those great detective series we all love to watch on TV infused with compelling secrets and unexpected comedy,” said director Lamby Hedge, a resident actor and instructor in Stephens’ theatre department.
Theresa Rebeck’s “Mauritius” opened on Broadway in 2007. It’s the story of half-sisters whose mother dies and leaves behind a collection of rare stamps. One sister, who served as the caretaker, wants to sell the stamps but sibling rivalry and a few con men stand in the way.
“Not only are the two sisters fighting over the stamps, some ne’er-do-wells are interested in getting their hands on the stamps, which makes for a thrilling roller-coaster ride,” Hedge said.
But are the stamps even authentic? That’s the question “audiences will be wrestling with through most of the play,” she said. “Who’s conning who?”
Robert Doyen—a resident actor and instructor who has toured with Vincent Price, Roddy McDowall and Stephens alumna Annie Potts—will join the cast of four students.
“Mauritius” is intended for mature audiences and contains strong language.
The play will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 15-16 and March 21-22, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on March 17.Tickets are available online or at the boxoffice.