Love! Valour! Compassion!
"There is a great deal of heart that radiates from Miller’s affectionate revival and from the terrific ensemble of actors that make Love! Valour! Compassion! one of my favorite productions of the year. "
- Christopher Ehlers, digboston
read more "It’s a heartbreaker of a play, full of rage and mirth, sadness, and sarcasm, all of it affecting and brought vibrantly to life by an extraordinary ensemble of actors Prepare to be moved. DO NOT MISS." - Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce's Choices
read more "Love! Valour! Compassion! is now at Zeitgeist Stage Company in a warmly empathetic production directed by David J. Miller. For all his freewheeling demeanor, it is Buzz who reveals surprising depths, entering into an unexpected relationship despite his fear of intimacy and further loss. It is Buzz, too, who asks the fraught question that’s always lurking there, for the eight friends and for all of us: “Who’s gonna be there for me when it’s my turn?’’ That we believe the reassuring answer he receives is a testament to the quality of this fine production." - Don Aucoin, Boston Globe
read more "After 24 years, the laughs are a bit different and the lines that bring tears have shifted, but Love! Valour! Compassion! remains one of the most touching portrayals of gay relationships in modern theater." - Clinton Campbell, Edge Boston
read more "By play's end, Miller's stellar cast makes "Love! Valour! Compassion!" a must-see outing" - Jules Becker, Bay Windows
read more "Who better than David J. Miller and Zeitgeist Stage Company to present a contemporary production of McNally's play which captures the zeitgeist of the early 1990s? Miller directs a septet of actors who craft an ensemble work, an egalitarian troupe who support each other's efforts, much like a group of friends taking turns in the limelight." - Nancy Grosman, Broadway world
read more "With skillful direction and a really remarkable ensemble," says Jared, "we are quickly drawn into a tight-knit family of friends hellbent on making each other matter, even if the rest of the world won’t see it that way." - Jared Bowen, WGBH
read more "LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! is Terrence McNally’s valentine to old friends, their pleasant company and above all, their resilience. Director David Miller’s jaunty production for Zeitgeist makes the Tony Award winner seem as fresh as it did in 1995. The bitchy banter is still amusing, the quirky characters are still fascinating and the presence of AIDS is still … always …. heart wrenching." - Beverly Creasey, Boston Arts Review
read more "It's both funny and bittersweet, thanks to this terrific ensemble. The play, and this production of it, are profoundly loving, valiant and compassionate. This is one of this company's finest and most memorable productions in a wonderful season." - Jack Graib, South Shore Critic
"Zeitgeist Stage Company lightens up its season with this comedy by playwright Mike Gerrard. Four gay friends who once lived, worked and partied fancy free must reconcile the new realities of their lives including parenthood, wandering eyes and mortality. "Steve" is middle age on the edge. And much like life, it’s a comedy until it’s not.."
- Jared Bowen, WGBH
read more "Steve probes beneath that snarky surface and touches genuine emotion — real pain, real love – that brings considerable poignancy to its portrait of two longtime gay male couples and their lesbian friend.." - Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe
read more "Steve supplies some chuckles about the vicissitudes of maturity and it doesn’t overstay its welcome." - Bill Marx, Arts Fuse
read more "Anyone who has been cheated on in a long-term relationship will fully sympathize with Steven’s actions. The other characters also go through their own arcs, each wondering if the passionate flames of youthful potential have died down to mere embers." - Noe Kamelamela, The New England Theater Geek
read more "The strongest asset that the production has is the collection of actors that have been assembled. Victor Shopov gives a great central performance as Steven (protagonist Steven), letting the audience feel his frustration as scene by scene his life begins to unravel." - James Wilkinson, Theater Mirror
read more "Zeitgeist may be off-off-Tremont, but it should be on every Boston theatergoer's map. It's never boring and is often more insightful than the product of a lot of other larger local companies." - Jack Graib, South Shore Critic
read more "In the close quarters of the Black Box Theater, one is easily swept up in the little moments shared between couples, friends, and lovers. It feels like being on Facebook live as we spy and eavesdrop on private conversations that include flirtations, jealousy, anger, frustration, despair, and soul searching." - Nancy Grossman, Broadway World
read more “Steve is as much a celebration of friendship and love that withstand mistrust as a sharp examination of gay relationships. Zeitgeist Stage makes that examination a vital experience for all theatergoers." - Jules Becker, Jewish Journal
read more “The cast, under David J. Miller's direction, make Steve a tasty confection.”
- Kilian Melloy, Edge Boston
read more "The writing is inspired, and the ensemble acting is flawless. This is a play you will not want to miss."
- Al Chase, WhiteRhinoReport.com
read more "David J. Miller’s talented cast, led by the charismatic Victor Shopov (who manages to emote genuine pain beneath a hard crust of arrogance) have a field day with Gerrard’s angst ridden script."
- Beverly Creasey, Boston Arts Review
"Faceless: SEE it! This New England premiere by young playwright Selina Fillinger and season opener at Zeitgeist Stage Company is a provocative look at the hot button issues of the day: racism, terrorism, immigration, religious freedom, women’s identity politics– all fueled by social media, and here delivered by a first rate cast sleekly directed by David Miller."
- Joyce Kulhawic, Joyce's Choices read more “Playwright Selina Fillinger’s script is taut and intense, sprinkled with uneasy comedy but driven by a host of complex, tricky issues.” - WBUR Artery
read more “Faceless is a well-written and superbly executed production, and it’s really worth seeing, both for its timeliness and for its universal themes.”
- The Theater Mirror
read more “Faceless by Selina Fillinger could not be more timely. You have until October 7 to do yourself a favor and savor the writing of an excitingly fresh voice in the theater.”
- South Shore Critic
read more “Faceless is involving, and the Zeitgeist Stage Company production is solid, led by fine performances from attractive performers in the lead roles.”
- Bill Marx, ArtsFuse
read more “Zeitgeist has produced a compelling courtroom drama that speaks to some of the most prominent fears in our society today.” - New England Theatre Geek
read more “Faceless is a powerful, thought-provoking piece of theater, made all the more remarkable by Fillinger's story.”
– Nancy Grossman, Broadway World"
read more "Despite the complex problems presented to the audience, the deep humanity of each character brings some of the biggest issues in our contemporary world to a personal level." - Bay State Banner
read more "If you see any play this week, it should be this one. This play and this production moved me to tears and caused me to think deeply about important issues." - Al Chase, White Rhino Report Blog