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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  9 reviews
3m, 2f / Comedy / Interior Stamp collecting is far more risky than you think. After their mother's death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous whe ...more
80 pages
Published March 12th 2009 (first published 2009)
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Before I learned how to pronounce the title of this play, I referred to it as 'the one with the stamps.' It is about stamps, and it is also really good. Stamps in and of themselves aren't riveting, but people obsessed with them are. Theresa Rebeck is one of my favorite playwrights. Highly recommend this one.
(Oh Goodreads, if only you would allow me to do half-stars on reviews. I put this at about a 3.5)

This play fairly zips along; I read it in about 30 minutes at 10pm, as I'm doing a scene from it in a class I'm taking. The plot centers on two half-sisters, brought back together for the first time in years after their mother dies. The interactions between the sisters–one who was able to escape their extremely sick and abusive mother through a family that sent her to boarding school at 16, one who h
Apr 17, 2014 Bt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in plays
Recommended to Bt by: My acting teacher (1st year college) was going to assign it but then didn't
Wow, I was really impressed. Every single scene is soooo loaded! I mean, everything is just filled to bursting with tension! I was also impressed with the dialogue. It all seems so natural and it flows just like normal speech - where people repeat words, say "um," don't finish sentences, and start saying things and then reword - but you know exactly what they mean. I do wish she hadn't put so much profanity in. This would be a great play for middle schools and high schools if it wasn't for that! ...more
An impressive script; I can't imagine it's easy to write a play about stamps and make it interesting, but somehow this manages to be a compelling piece. Well-written, and the very quick pace keeps the play moving. Surprisingly good!

This is a bit of a poor man's "American Buffalo," but the plot twists effectively and the dialogue pops.
Kristina Cole
would prefer to give this a 3.75. it's a fun play with a good plot.
People being horrible to each other, but with good plot.
Very funny, well written
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Theresa Rebeck is a playwright. She also works as a television writer. Her input went into popular shows such as Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, American Dreamer, Maximum Bob, First Wave, and Third Watch.
She also wrote and produced Canterbury’s Law, Smith, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue.
Ms. Rebeck has an MFA in Playwrighting and a PhD. in Victorian Melodrama, from Brandeis Univ
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