New Plays: Lovers

The title is an umbrella for two amiable one-acters by Ireland's Brian Friel (Philadelphia, Here I Come!) that find tears in youthful exuberance and laughter in domestic conflict. In Winners, the curtain raiser, a betrothed young Irish couple joke and dream on a hilltop, planning their wedding, mocking the nuns and priests who have taught them. As they banter, a narrator (Art Carney), introduces a fragment of the future—the couple drown in a nearby lake. These are their last hours on earth, which take on new sweetness and meaning as the afternoon and their lives inexorably draw to a...

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