Unified by their shared theme of the myriad aspects of love, the plays are also related by their "musical" titles, which further underscore the author's intention of creating a "pops program" of short and virtuosic pieces. The first play, CAN CAN, is a poignant and telling fugue of overlapping soliloquies in which an ex-GI recalls his brief love affair with a French girl, while a Nashville housewife tells of the strange bond she feels for an older country woman. (1 man, 3 women.) CLAIR DE LUNE finds an older, retired couple basking in the solitude of Florida, while reminiscing, with some regret, about their chronically hell-raising children. (1 man, 1 woman.) In AVE MARIA, a tenth-century nun, Hrosvitha, the only female playwright of her time, confronts an outraged monk who is shocked by her contention that love is both spiritual and sensual. (2 men, 3 women.) GOLD AND SILVER WALTZ is a touching monologue about boyhood and first love in which the sole character is the author himself. (1 man.) YANKEE DOODLE finds a tipsy Jesse Grant, son of President Grant, at Windsor Castle and faced with a humbling slight from Queen Victoria. (2 man, 1 woman.) SONGS OF LOVE is a warmly comic study of two doughty nursing home residents who decide to marry despite the explosive reactions of their children. (3 men, 3 women.)
Comprised of six related short plays, each dealing with a different aspect of love, this delightful "pops program" runs the gamut from first love, through love of country, and on to the abiding love of a long-married older couple, all presented with the special warmth, humor and glinting insights that mark this writer's work. POPS is fresh, life enhancing and quite wonderful." —NY Times. "…when he opens the heart, a clear and bright light shines through." —Variety. "…a lovely evening in the American theatre." —New Jersey Nite Life.