- Love! Valour! Compassion!
name = Love! Valour! Compassion!
characters = Gregory Mitchell
setting = Summer holiday weekends; Dutchess County, New York
October 11, 1994
Manhattan Theatre Club New York City, New York
orig_lang = English
genre = Comdey; Drama
ibdb_id = 5625
"Love! Valour! Compassion!" is a 1994 play by
Terrence McNally, directed by Joe Mantello. Its off-Broadwaypremiere was at the Manhattan Theatre Clubon October 11, 1994where it and staged 72 performances. The production then transferred to the Walter Kerr Theatreon Broadway where, after 28 previews, it opened on 14 February 1995, closing on 17 September 1995after an additional 248 performances.
The setting is at a lakeside summer vacation house in
Dutchess County, two hours north of New York Citywhere eight gay friends spend the three major holiday weekends of one summer together for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day. The house belongs to Gregory, a successful choreographernow approaching middle age, who fears he is losing his creativity; and his twenty-something lover, Bobby, A legal assistantwho happens to be blind. Each of the guests at their house is connected to Gregory’s work in one way or another - Arthur and longtime partner Perry are business consultants; John Jeckyll, a sour Englishman, is a dance accompanist; die-hard musical theater fanaticBuzz Hauser is a costume designerand the most stereotypicallygay man in the group. Only John's summer lover, Ramon, and John's twin brother James are outside the circle of friends. But Ramon is outgoing and eventually makes a place for himself in the group, and James is such a gentle soul that he is quickly welcomed. Infidelity, flirtations, soul-searching, AIDS, truth-telling and skinny-dippingmix monumental questions about life and death with a wacky dress rehearsalfor " Swan Lake" performed in drag.
In 1997, a film adaptation written by McNally reunited the original cast, with
Jason Alexanderand Stephen Spinellareplacing Nathan Lane and Anthony Heald.
Awards and nominations
* 1995 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play
Evening Standard Awardfor Best Play
* 1995 Tony Award for Best Play
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