The program begins with a cute exchange, Two Chickens Discuss Crossing the Road, as Wolfskehl and Thompson muse on the existential sources and merits of getting to the other side.

Everyone's Honest and Everyone Lies has Goff thinking out loud about the truism. Similarly, in How You Handled It she dissects, with some heat, that painful, thoughtless, and impossible request by ex-lovers: "Can we just be friends?" As psychological observation, the piece works and doesn't overstay its welcome.

The strongest of Broccoli's short plays in the past have let us learn by observing his characters, whether they are fools for love or fools period. In this collection, though, perhaps too many of them have come to inspiring conclusions. The playwright is best putting confounded people, like the rest of us, through instructive paces, not having them actually give us instructions.

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