You might think that another American buffalo is stamping its feet in new grounds, given Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius. It’s about an object just as prized as a rare nickel which menacing, foul-mouthed nasty guys want to cop. And, goddamn, one of them is some kind of psychopath. Hold on, Phil, such plans of mice and men may go awry. Two dames who’ve got the item are not as mousy as you might think.

The background on this “corkscrew drama of suspense” (NY Times) where double-crosses cross paths, centers on a small piece of sticky paper once designed to send sealed messages across national boundaries from a small island nation in the Indian Ocean. A postage stamp. Two such sold for $4 million bucks in 1993.

The Playhouse stages this 2007 item after an admired public reading in 2010.  

Rebeck has major stage credits: e.g. Dead Accounts and Seminar on Broadway plus lots of other scripts at New York’s Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons and more. She was also a Pulitzer finalist for Omnium Gatherum. TV-wise: L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, Third Watch, Law & Order and Smash. Note this, too: In 2011 she was named one of the “150 Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek.

Don’t be surprised if this woman writing about women takes a stand on female power.

Mauritius unfolds Aug.14-Sept 13 at Howard Drew Theatre, Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Thurs.-Sat.: 7:30 p.m. Sunday: 2 p.m. Tickets $18-$36.

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