Terrence McNally's 1995 Tony Award-winning Love! Valour! Compassion!, which opened Dec. 11 at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse, has been extended from its scheduled close Jan. 5, running through Feb.2. This second production of the inaugural Geffen season hosts original director Joe Mantello directing members of the Broadway and original Off-Broadway cast.
The show, about an extended family of friends of eight gay men, takes place over three summer weekends at a country house in upstate New York. Members from the Broadway cast, including Mario Cantone, T. Scott Cunnigham, and Richard Bekins, will star with Randy Becker, who hails from both the Broadway and Off-Broadway casts.
Celebrities expected to attend the opening night performance include, of course, theatre owner David Geffen, as well as John Glover, who received a Tony Award for his portrayal of twin brothers John and James Jeckyll in the Broadway production of LVC!. Neil Simon is expected, as Mantello is directing his new show Proposals, set to premiere in L.A. this spring.
Angela Lansbury is also expected, which, as the production spokesperson for the Geffen points out, "is special because of all the musical theatre references in the play."
A filmed version of the LVC! is set for release at this year's Sundance Film Festival in January. For more information about the filmed version of LVC!, please refer to the Playbill On-Line news story Love! Valour! to Premiere at Sundance. For tickets or more information about the L.A. production, please refer to the regional listing for the Geffen Playhouse.
--By Blair Glaser