Playbill Pride: From Angels in America to Hedwig, Our Top Ten Gay Plays

By Ben Rimalower
27 Jun 2013

Nathan Lane in Love! Valour! Compassion!

9. Love! Valour! Compassion!
By Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally's 1995 Tony Award-winning hit delighted audiences on and Off-Broadway with its intimate look inside a group of middle-aged gay friends spending a series of summer holiday weekends together in a country house upstate. Nathan Lane dazzled and ultimately moved with his scene-stealing, punchline-exploding portrayal of Buzz, a larger-than-life show queen kept just this side of caricature and cliché by Lane's layered work. John Glover also excelled, winning a Tony for playing gay twin brothers as different as night and day. The entire excellent ensemble cast, directed by Joe Mantello, skillfully filled out the range of personalities in McNally's play, which sought to reveal gay men as diverse and complicated as any human group.