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Love! Valor! Compassion! and A Perfect Ganesh (movie tie-in)
Beautifully written, moving , and very funny, Love! Valour! Compassion! gathers together eight gay men at the upstate New York summer house of a celebrated dancer-choreographer who fears he is losing his creativity...and possibly his lover. Infidelity, flirtations, soul-searching, AIDS, truth-telling, and skinny-dipping mix monumental questions about life and death with a ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Plume
(first published 1995)
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"Love, Valour" is a sweet play (also a Hollywood movie)about the summer weekends spent by a group of gay male friends at the Long Island home of one of them. Beautifully written, hilarious at times, tearful at others-- like any moving play should be. If you have a chance to see a performance or rent the film-- just do it! He adapted his script for the screen and it has almost all of the original Nt Broadway cast. If you don't like reading plays, this might be hard to swallow, b/c he didn't write ...more
This might be a five when staged. The first half of the play was confusing because the characters have a lot of overlap in characterization and the relationships are hard to follow. In this very modern overlapped and imagined style the visualization is more challenging. In any event, the third act wraps up the various subplots nicely.
McNally is one of my favorite contemporary playwright and "Love! Valor! Compassion!" is one of his finest plays. It runs the gamut of topics, encompassing love, death, infidelity, socioeconomic issues...the works, as it follows a group of gay male friends over the course of a summer in the 1990s. "A Perfect Ganesh" is a very nice piece, about two older women who take a vacation together to India. I enjoyed it very much, though it didn't have the same impact as its companion piece. 5 stars for "L ...more