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Love! Valour! Compassion!
by Terrence McNally
Directed by Craig Tryl
2nd Story Theatre, 710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, 90254
February 25-March 6, 2022
Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 2pm
1995 Tony Award Winner for ‘Best Play’
Love! Valour! Compassion
by Terrence McNally
At a beautiful Dutchess County farmhouse, eight men hash out their passions, resentments, and fears over the course of three summer weekends.
There’s Perry and Arthur, a professional couple of long-standing, whose relationship, while strained, always manages to settle into the loving routine of a couple grown too familiar with one another, but happily so. The owner of the summer house, Gregory, is an aging choreographer who dotes on his younger lover, Bobby, who is blind. Their relationship seems solid, until an irresistible dancer, Ramon, callously flaunts his sex appeal and manages to seduce Bobby on the first night in the house.
Trying to keep Ramon to himself is John Jeckyll, a soured ex-patriot Brit with a taste for melodrama—and cruelty. John rankles everyone around him, speaking the unspeakable in haughty nonchalance while probing the weaknesses of the others. The painful truth about his ire eventually becomes clear when he has to take care of his terminally ill twin brother, James. Unlike John, James inspires nothing but affection in those around him, and here lies both the crux of John’s complaint and the source of one of the play’s most blistering and revealing of monologues about the related questions of gay identity and self-esteem.
Finally, there is Buzz, a maniacal lover of the musical theater. Like James, Buzz suffers from AIDS, and he has resigned himself to a life of humorous anecdotes and comforting trivia. Strange things can happen, though, and against all odds, Buzz finds himself falling in love for what may be one last summer.
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