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Two by Friel juxtaposes two short plays by Irish master Brian Friel — Lovers: Winners (1967) and The Yalta Game (2001). Each piece centers on a couple in the blossoming stage of romance; they build worlds of imagination, possibility, and hope, pushing away the encroaching realities that threaten to extinguish their love. Lovers: Winners follows Mag and Joe, two teenage lovers who meet at the top of a hill to study for their final examinations, make plans for their upcoming wedding, and prepare for the child they are expecting. Meanwhile, two narrators relate the darker events surrounding that day. In The Yalta Game, adapted from Anton Chekhov's short story "The Lady With the Lapdog," Dmitry and Anna fall in love while on vacation from their spouses. In their courting, Dmitry teaches Anna about the Yalta game — a game in which visitors invent stories about the people they see in the square. But is their love — is any love — real or imagined? Forever or ephemeral? Two by Friel explores the nature of love, the power of the imagination, and the stories we believe as well as those we brush aside.

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