New Plays: Rue on Rye

Comedies about love, sex and marriage always contain a slight element of the sadistic. What is often pure misery for the participants is pure merriment for the spectator. Watching other people go through hell seems to be fun. At least it is in Lovers and Other Strangers, a sort of diminutive Plaza Suite that consists of four diverting playlets not overly witty or wise but foaming with gentle laughter.

The evening pokes fun at four different steps in the mating dance. Step 1 is seduction. Jerry (Ron Carey) coaxes Brenda (Zohra Lampert)...