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by Theresa Rebeck

This play was super fun to read. But Lauren, it's about stamps. How can that be fun? Well, it's about the greed and intrigue caused by two very rare stamps. And as with all rare things - they cause people to do things.. bad things.

It actually felt like I was watching a movie. The dialogue was crisp and the action was ever-moving. The story follows the struggle of a pair of estranged half-sisters, Jackie and Mary, as they argue over a book of valuable? stamps that once belonged to Mary's grandfather.

At the top of the play Jackie has brought the book of stamps in to a shop to determine their value, if any. The guy behind the counter, Philip, won't give her the time of day because he is basically a dick. Some guy lurking in the corner, Dennis, says he'll check them out and Jackie allows him to flip through the book. He immediately spots two of the most valuable stamps ever (because of their flaws) but tells Jackie that the book isn't worth much. He then jets off to tell his shady boss? employer? guy, Sterling, about them so they can form an offer to bring to Jackie. Naturally, they want to make as much money as possible from the resale and they are counting on the fact that Jackie knows nothing about stamps, so they want to low-ball her while still offering more money than she could ever have thought possible from a stamp.

The struggle comes when Mary discovers that Jackie wants to sell the stamps - for Mary, they hold a lot of sentimental value and as she points out to Jackie, "He was my grandfather. He wasn't your grandfather. Those are - my stamps." Jackie attempts to tell her that there are a lot of debts to pay off and it would be much easier to sell the stamps and take care of it, but Mary wants no part of that responsibility and grabs the stamps back. Everyone is pretty selfish in this play actually.

Dennis visits the house and expresses interest in purchasing the stamps from the sisters. Meanwhile, Philip has caught on to the value of the stamps and, rightly, feels like an idiot. Other stuff happens. CUT TO: Very dramatic stand-off between Sterling and Jackie, arranged by Dennis. At this point, Jackie's done her homework and knows how much the stamps are worth. Sterling is nowhere to be found and Jackie is sick of waiting. Dennis stalls by trying to assure her that this is the best and easiest deal she will get. He says:
I mean, you know what they say about the stamps. It's the errors that make them valuable. That's kind of my theory on people.
She is wary, as she knows that they will probably insult her intelligence with their offer. And, they do. She starts to leave, Dennis tries to make her stay and also reassure Sterling, he calls her crazy and Jackie doesn't take that too well:
I don't like you saying I'm crazy because the fact is I am the least crazy person you have ever met. Logic that you don't see is private for a reason, and that reason is potentially the smartest, least crazy thing possible in any given situation. 
That is certainly not the end, but I'll let you read that for yourself. I loved the play, and my only issue was actually with the ending. *SPOILER ALERT* I wish that Jackie had burned those stamps when she threatened to. Sure, it's nice to imagine her and Dennis sipping margaritas on the beach, but if she had let that page burn she would have taught Mary a lesson she should have learned in kindergarden - how to share.

Speaking of learning to share - come see the show I'm working on! Details below...

WTE Theatre presents
Stinky Flowers and the Bad Banana

An Original, Multi-Media Fairytale Show
by Croft Vaughn
directed by David A. Miller

October 7 through October 24
Thursdays at 8pm
Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
Sam, Stu, and Sinclair discover an audience in their attic. Clearly these quiet strangers are going to eat them, so they distract their guests with their grandfathers' stories.  They find the courage to create their own tale, and discover the answer to, "Are we still loved after the person who loves us is gone?

Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place (1st Ave & Ave A) / Show me a map!
$18 General, $15 Students & Seniors, $10 Children
1 hr 20 mins, No intermission
Tickets are available through Smarttix.
Michael J. Connolly*,
Lauren Sowa*,
Robert James Grimm III,
Dorothy Abrahams,
Chuck Blasius

Stage Management: Barbara Dente*.  Assistant Director: Lauren Heirigs.

Scenic Design: Jennifer Varbalow, Costume Design: Bradley Erickson, Lighting Design: Kate Ashton & Sam Gordon.

Music: Alana McNair, Animation: Matt Burnett & Double Blind, Video Design: Jeff Heyman.

Press Representation by Emily Owens PR
Robert James Grimm, Michael J. Connolly and Lauren Sowa in Stinky Flowers and the Bad Banana*Denotes Actor Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
Check out an interview with playwright Croft Vaughn ("Stinky Flowers, Sweet Thoughts")
Proclaim your love for Stinky Flowers by RSVP'ing to the event that is Stinky Flowers on Facebook.

Tomorrow's Play: Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

1 comment:

Kristin Parker said...

I love this play so much!


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