New Jersey Stage

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chester Theatre Group Presents MAURITIUS By Theresa Rebeck

(CHESTER, NJ) -- The Chester Theatre Group is proud to present MAURITIUS by Theresa Rebeck. The production will have performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. beginning May 6, 2011 thru May 21, 2011, with one Sunday matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday May 15, 2011. Performances are held at the Black River Playhouse located at the corners of Grove Street and Maple Avenue in Chester, NJ.

Can a play about stamp collecting be called a comedic drama? Yes, especially when the taut script is MAURITIUS by Theresa Rebeck. Mix Ms. Rebeck's gripping tale with the talents of veteran director, Jay Mills and a cast of five stellar performers and what you get is an evening of intrigue, drama and a few laughs. Stamp collecting may be thought of as the quiet pursuit of dedicated older and younger enthusiasts but when the stamps in question wield the power to create epic sibling rivalry and can drive grown men to the brink of moral bankruptcy, well it isn't as genteel as one might imagine. Stir in some questionable characters on the con and the plot thickens.

Bringing this film-noir like story to life are returning CTG stage veterans, Jill Bormann of Morristown (previously seen in PROOF) as Jackie, Carol Holland of Long Valley (most recently seen in FICTION) as Mary and Steven Nitka of Long Valley (hysterical in CTGs April 16th special event THE 10 COMMANDMENTS) as Phillip. Rounding out the cast and making their debut performances with CTG are David Romankow of Gillette as Dennis and George LaVigne of Hackettstown as Sterling.

Tickets are $18.00 with a Senior (65+)/Student (with School ID) Discount ticket of $16.00 at all performances. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 908-879-7304. There are only 7 performances so make your reservations now for this show which the press called "well-made", "engrossing" and "emotionally fraught".