Now Playing

Love! Valour! Compassion! Eight gay men assemble for three summer weekends at a beautiful upstate New York house in Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! The house is owned by Greg, a dancer and choreographer now in his forties, who's concerned about his waning creativity and aging body and lives with his blind young lover, Bobby. Among the visitors are Ramon, a frisky, sexy, young Puerto Rican dancer; Buzz, a costume designer and musical-comedy aficionado; long-term stable couple and reluctant role models Perry and Arthur; and John, a sardonic Englishman whom nobody likes and who has the sneaky habit of reading Greg's journal in secret. Eventually the group is joined by John's identical twin, James, who is as warm and kindly as his brother is unpleasant. Love! Valour! Compassion! is fairly long and its plot discursive: You get fidelity, infidelity and almost-infidelity; people betray, curse and support each other; there's a new love affair. Two of the men have AIDS, and a sense of mortality shadows all the goings-on. But the play also evokes a very specific milieu with lucidity and affection, and for the most part the dialogue is sharp, incisive, sometimes touching. Love! Valour! Compassion! turns out to be a celebration of Love! Mortality! Endurance! And really, what else is there? Presented by Vintage Theatre Productions through September 18, 2119 East 17th Avenue, 303-839-1361, Reviewed August 25.

« Previous Page
My Voice Nation Help