Love! Valour! Compassion!
|Love! Valour! Compassion!|
|Written by||Terrence McNally|
|Date premiered||October 11, 1994|
|Place premiered||Manhattan Theatre Club
New York City, New York
|Setting||Summer holiday weekends; Dutchess County, New York|
Love! Valour! Compassion! is a play by Terrence McNally. Its off-Broadway premiere took place at the Manhattan Theatre Club on October 11, 1994, in a staging by Joe Mantello that ran for 72 performances. The production transferred to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway, where, after 28 previews, it opened on February 14, 1995, and closed on 17 September after an additional 248 performances.
The setting is at a lakeside summer vacation house in Dutchess County, two hours north of New York City where 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 Broadway choreographer now approaching middle age, who fears he is losing his creativity; and his twenty-something lover, Bobby, a legal assistant who's 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 fanatic Buzz Hauser is a costume designer and the most stereotypically gay 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-dipping mix monumental questions about life and death with a wacky dress rehearsal for Swan Lake performed in drag.
Awards and nominations
- 1995 Evening Standard Award for Best Play
- Obie Award for Best Performance (entire cast, winner) 
- Obie Award for Best Playwright (winner)
- Tony Award for Best Play (winner)
- Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (John Glover, winner)
- Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Stephen Bogardus, nominee)
- Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Anthony Heald, nominee)
- Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play (Joe Mantello, nominee)
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play (winner)
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Nathan Lane, winner)
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (John Glover)
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play (Joe Mantello, nominee)
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design (Jess Goldstein, nominee)
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt, nominee)
- McNally, Terrence (1995). Love! Valor! Compassion!. New York: Dramatists Play Service. p. 104 pp. ISBN 0-8222-1467-9.
- Love! Valour! Compassion! at the Internet Broadway Database
- Love! Valour! Compassion! at the Internet off-Broadway Database
- Love! Valour! Compassion! at the Internet Movie Database