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Book annotation not available for this title...Title: .Love! Valour! Compassion!..Author: .McNally, Terrence..Publisher: .Dramatist's Play Service..Publication Date: .1999/06/01..Number of Pages: .104..Binding Type: .PAPERBACK..Library of Congress: .95180772
Paperback, 104 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Dramatists Play Service (first published 1995)
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Jul 05, 2009 Tamer Lorika rated it it was amazing

I stayed up until 1:20 in the morning reading this. Never mind that I had been asleep on my feet all day. Never mind that I had to wake up early the next morning. Never mind all of that. This was... spectacular. I found myself laughing and sobbing and wishing so hard that it ended somehow different.

This is what I want, ladies. I want to write a play like THIS. One that leaves you full of love and loneliness and feeling like you've been punched in the gut.
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Jun 22, 2010 Ethan Day rated it it was amazing
Love! Valour! Compassion! By Terrence McNally – Okay…so it’s a play, not a novel or short story. But it’s totally bril so it has to be included in this list. I know some people can’t get into reading plays the same way they do a book, and maybe it’s the writer in me, but I LOVE it. I get to create the sets in my mind, cast it with actors I like and basically direct the entire thing in my head while I’m reading it. Try it sometime if you haven’t already. It’s fun, damn it!! : ) Other than playing ...more
Sep 21, 2014 Joshua rated it it was amazing
Satisfyingly quiet. A closer examination of the ever-changing ties that bind in a group of gay friends who meet every summer. McNally is wonderfully warm and understanding of his characters (even when they behave badly) and seeks to normalize what many people find to be frightening and foreign. The stage craft of it is beautiful as well and something many playwrights should take to heart as it embraces a more theatrical reality than many plays often present. Very lovely and very human. And that ...more
Nov 27, 2011 Leigh rated it really liked it
To be completely honest, I don't think this is a great play; but I love the original cast (and, relatedly, the film adaptation) so incredibly much that L! V! C! will always have a special place in my heart.
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I will never understand what compels people to like plays like this. What little truth it contains is buried beneath unfaithfulness, lack of compassion, and cowardice, none of which actually have consequences. No thanks.
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